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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning 'Sanctuary Cities' In Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning 'Sanctuary Cities' In Texas

Even though San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told KSAT his advice to Abbott was "listen to your police chiefs, don't sign this bill", the Republican is sure to sign it.

The measure goes into effect on September 1, according to the governor's office.

The new measure would fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated.

Any anti-sanctuary city measure may face a tough road after a federal judge in April blocked Trump's executive order seeking to withhold funds from local authorities that do not use their resources to advance federal immigration laws.

Every major police chief in Texas, which includes some of the largest cities in the USA, opposed the measure that allows police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain, a situation that can range from arrest for a crime to being stopped for a traffic violation.

Banning sanctuary cities was one of Governor Abbott's emergency legislative priorities.

Opponents say the law puts the state's large Hispanic population at risk of racial profiling, and that there is an increased risk of victims not reporting crimes for fear they or a family member could be subjected to questions about their immigration status.




Democratic state Rep. Cesar Blanco said it looked like Abbott "wanted to get ahead" of any protests by staging the signing on Facebook Live.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced in January that she was limiting cooperation between her department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Moments before signing the bill, Abbott also invoked the case of Kate Steinle, a California woman who was killed in a 2015 shooting by a Mexican man who had been previously deported multiple times.

It would also result in a misdemeanor charge for sheriffs, police chiefs and constables who fail to comply with detention requests and in removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott's office said.

Abbott addressed those anticipated legal challenges in his roughly five-minute-long Facebook Live signing, saying the key provisions in the bill had already been tested at the U.S. Supreme Court and been approved there. "With this bill we are doing away with those that seek to promote lawlessness in Texas". She said before Abbott sign it that she would conform to the ban if it became law.

Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects in the USA illegally.

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