Monday, January 23, 2017
Austin Texas: Sheriff Hernandez says she won't arrest illegals. Governor says we're cutting off your money!
Texas Gov. Abbott threatens to cut funding to county over sanctuary city policies
Published January 23, 2017
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.”
"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.
Hernandez's announcement came as Texas Republicans are gearing up for a new fight to ban so-called sanctuary cities in the current legislative session.
Abbott responded to the announcement, tweeting his office “will cut funding for Travis County adopting sanctuary policies.”
"Stiffer penalties coming," Abbott's tweet said