Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the country legally and threatens sheriffs and police chiefs with jail if they don't cooperate with federal immigration agents. "It's inexcusable to release individuals from jail that have been charged with heinous crimes like sexual assault against minors, domestic violence and robbery", his office said in a press release.

"We're going to where most people are getting their news nowadays and talking directly to them instead of speaking through a filter", Abbott spokesman John Wittman said of the decision to use the social media live-streaming service.

"Citizens expect law enforcement officers to enforce the law", Abbott said in a statement posted on Facebook Live.

Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, MALDEF, called the law a "colossal blunder" and pointed out the law will further strain the relationship between the immigrant communities and the local law enforcement authorities.

The law, which takes effect September 1, compels officers to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and requires sheriffs to honor agency detainers, or requests to hold someone to determine whether deportation proceedings should begin.

The law makes Texas the focus of the nationwide debate over the Trump administration's immigration policies.

The sanctuary city ban was a top priority that Abbott has deemed a legislative emergency.

Democrats have said the measure could lead to unconstitutional racial profiling and civil rights groups have promised to fight the Texas measure in court.

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Now, law enforcement agencies across the state are required to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement detainers.

San Antonio Democratic Rep. Diego Bernal's bill on housing rules and Dallas Democratic Rep. Eric Johnson's employment regulations passed the Committee on Business and Industry on a 4-3 vote - but only after Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, broke with other members of his party to support them.

Removal from office for any elected or appointed official who does not comply with the law.

Opponents of the Texas measure predicted that it would be stopped by the courts, much like the Arizona law and President Trump's executive order.

Sanctuary city is a broad term applied to jurisdictions with policies in place to limit cooperation or involvement with federal immigration actions, reports CNN.

"This law takes some of the federal policies that we've seen and puts it on steroids", Junck said.

This version of the story corrects the first name of Terri Burke, the executive director of the ACLU of Texas.

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