Are there or are there not Sanctuary Cities in the State of Texas?
That’s a VERY good question. The answer is…well…up in the air.
No one knows exactly how many Sanctuary Cities are in the State and, in fact, cannot even give a proper legal definition of the term in order to answer such questions. This, by the way, is indicative of another failed program that President Trump really despises.
Where is the disconnect? It appears to be with the State’s laws themselves. To figure out where this begins to unravel, let’s look at some of the actions of the governor this past week.
Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) is gearing up to make immigration the cornerstone of his administration in 2017. Part of this push surrounds the subject of Sanctuary Cities and their continued existence within the State’s borders.
When attempting to find information on the number of these cities in Texas, you will inevitably come up with nothing, because of the legal definition issues mentioned above.
“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatened to cut funding for one county after its sheriff announced the agency would be scaling back its cooperation with federal immigration.
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced last week she’s scaling back the amount of aid her department provides federal immigration agents in detaining suspects who might be in the country illegally, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Starting Feb. 1, sheriff’s officials will begin honoring so-called immigration holds or ‘detainers’ placed by federal authorities only when a suspect is booked into the Travis County Jail on charges of capital murder, aggravated sexual assault and ‘continuous smuggling of persons.’
Otherwise, federal agents must have a court order or arrest warrant signed by a judge for the jail to continue housing a person whose immigration status is in question.
‘The public must be confident that local law enforcement is focused on local public safety, not on federal immigration enforcement. Our jail cannot be perceived as a holding tank for ICE or that Travis County deputies are ICE officers,’ Hernandez said.”
So, here’s the gist:
Sally Hernandez, Sheriff of Travis County, is complaining that her officers are being over-tasked with federal duties when they should be focusing on local duties.
She’s basically saying that her jails are not big enough to house all the illegals that could possibly be arrested in the county and therefore, will only detain for the 48 hour waiting period those who have committed serious crimes.
The governor is saying that this will not be tolerated. He is demanding that the Sheriff follow the letter of the law to its fullest extent, otherwise he has threatened to withhold State funding for that Sheriff’s department.
This is where things get dicey.
The Sheriff has a point in that her officers are already tasked with a heavy responsibility to the local populace and now must also worry about federal laws. Her argument is that ICE should be rounding up and detaining these illegals, not her officers.
The governor, on the other hand, is saying, “No, you have to hold every illegal up to the fullest extent of the law. There is no stipulation.”
“Travis County could lose up to $1.8 million in grants because the governor’s office requires compliance in order to receive grants.
The Travis County sheriff’s office has a $169 million budget, according to the county’s budget website. The $1.8 million would represent 1 percent of that budget.”
Civil rights groups are already stating that these types of laws could lead to racial profiling, but those tactics of using divisive language to incite discontent with American laws are old news. Police departments the world over use professional profilers to catch serial killers, murderers, etc.
Why is that okay and this is not? And why is illegal immigration and sanctuary cities causing such massive problems in our country (gee, any guesses)?
Also, what in the HELL is a sheriff’s office doing with $170M??? That is a matter that should be delved into by an auditor general. I know that this is going on all over the country, but come on! $170M???
In order for the governor to make any real strides toward this so-called Sanctuary City mess, he must first ensure that the laws clearly define what they are and how they should be mandated to fall in line with federal law. As well, you cannot just remove funding from a police department without adversely affecting the service to the local populace. That’s just unwise.
Why not, as an alternative measure, threaten the jobs of the Sheriffs, Mayors, Administrators, etc., who decide to flout the State and Federal laws? It’s not like they don’t have a case in court.
And in case anyone’s forgotten, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch can no longer push their anti-American sentiments on the rest of the country.
Source: Fox News