Governor Greg Abbott has made it very clear that he is demanding an end to Sanctuary Cities in Texas. He told a national radio news talk show audience Monday that he is calling for a halt to sanctuary city policies in Texas. As a guest on the popular conservative Sean Hannity program, Gov. Abbott revealed he had issued a stern letter to Democrat Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to reverse her policy of refusing to automatically detain criminal immigrants.
“I am demanding that the Dallas County Sheriff abandon her decision to not implement the U.S. immigration and custom standards,” said Abbott in the broadcast. “I laid down a marker today in the State of Texas that Sanctuary City policies are no longer going to be tolerated. Instead, the laws of this land are going to be enforced.”
Earlier in the day the Governor issued a letter to Sheriff Valdez to back off of the unilaterally enacted policy she announced in September of refusing to automatically detain all criminal immigrants pursuant to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) federal detainer program. The program is used by thousands of local jurisdictions and designed to prevent dangerous criminals from being released into communities.
“‘Sanctuary City policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas,” Gov. Abbott stated in the letter to Sheriff Valdez. “Your decision to not fully honor ICE’s requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans. These detainers provide ICE with the critical notice and time it needs to take incarcerated immigrants into federal custody.”
Advocates against criminal immigrants in Texas see the policy change by Sheriff Valdez as a political move to support the Obama Administration’s attempts to push the President’s immigration agenda. Barack Obama would have likely vetoed an anti-Sanctuary City proposed bill that was shot down by the U.S. Senate last week. If the proposal would have passed, Dallas County would not have received $2.9 million in federal funding for local policing programs.
Cities that do not participate in the sanctuary city strategies by cooperating fully with, and allowing federal authorities the time they need before releasing immigrant criminals, are not enticed by the federal funding. In fiscal 2014, and up until the Dallas County Sheriff’s decision, there were just under 4,000 requests from ICE to detain criminal immigrants, according to that county’s statistics.
Abbott has the majority of Texas citizens, and startling statistics, on his side when it comes to getting tough on illegal immigration. Since 2009, 5,782 weapons have been seized in Texas by participants in Operation Border Star, a program designed to help fill the void of less than needed support from the White House.
The Obama administration has been paying for advertising–and the President and his cabinet members were videotaped for the ads–soliciting immigrants to come to America and show how our free benefits are available to them. Since Obama took office, the U.S. Border Patrol has reported 3,955,828 illegal alien apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border, including 1,161,562 apprehensions in the Texas sectors of Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso, Laredo, and Rio Grande Valley.
Prior to Sheriff Valdez decision, there was a longstanding policy honored by the Dallas Country Sheriff’s office to provide federal immigration authorities the opportunity to collect a remove criminal immigrants in their custody before they were released back on the streets. The requests came in the form of immigration detainers issued by ICE.
“Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans,” Governor Abbott warned. “Now more than ever, it is essential that state, federal, and local law enforcement work collaboratively to protect our fellow Texans and to ensure that our laws are upheld, not disregarded.”
Governor Abbott included the following actions the State could take to combat policies like those promoted by Sheriff Valdez:
- Passing laws that prohibit any policy or action that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.
- Enacting laws that make it illegal for a Sheriff’s Department to not honor a federal immigration detainer request.
- Evaluating the extent to which local taxpayers should foot the bill for local decisions that increase costs for Texas’ health and education systems.
- Amending the Tort Claims Act to ensure counties are fully financially responsible for the actions of any illegal immigrants who are released because the county’s Sheriff failed to honor an ICE detainer request.
Earlier this month FBI crime statistics, as reported by Breitbart Texas, show the capitol city of Austin has experienced a rise in violent crime since last summer’s illegal alien border surge. In comparing 2013 to 2015 figures, Austin murders have increased almost twenty percent, with thirty-two total murders last year.
“The number of rapes more than doubled during the same period,” Breitbart reported. “Rapes increased from 217 in 2013 to 571 in 2014. Robberies increased from 763 to 873 over the same period.”
Sanctuary City laws, commonly recognized as originating from local politicians yielding to advocates of open borders policies, ban local law enforcement from uniting with federal immigration officials in arresting or deporting illegal and criminal immigrants. , even criminal illegals.
Sanctuary Cities have come under increase public criticism and outrage after a five-time deported illegal immigrant from Mexico shot a woman to death in San Francisco earlier this year. The killer admitted to a local news station he had chosen to come to San Francisco because he knew the Sanctuary City policy adopted by the Sheriff’s office there protected him. Earlier the San Francisco Sheriff elected not to turn him over to ICE because of their policy, allowing dangerous criminal to run the streets freely.