The Texas legislature has approved a bill that will impose harsh penalties on so-called sanctuary cities trying to protect illegal immigrants.
The bill would permit the state to withhold funding from any city, county or local government that does not cooperate with federal immigration officials.
It will also permit Texas to criminally charge any police chief or public official that does not help implement federal immigration laws.
The legislation was prompted by the actions of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez who refused to honor ICE detainer requests. Now, Sheriff Hernandez runs the risk of arrest if she continues her policy of not helping federal immigration officials.
The Washington Examiner said that Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill.
The vote is a major victory for the Republican governor, who had declared sanctuary cities an “emergency” item. The move by Texas comes just days after President Trump suffered a major blow to his executive order attempting to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.
— The Washington Examiner