In a Facebook livestream on Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill that bans 'sanctuary cities' in Texas. The Texas Legislature passed the bill on Wednesday. Senate Bill 4 requires local government entities and law enforcement officials to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests.
The bill also creates criminal penalties for entities that do not enforce the law.
In a statement, Abbott said:
"As Governor, my top priority is public safety, and this bill furthers that objective by keeping dangerous criminals off our streets. It's inexcusable to release individuals from jail that have been charged with heinous crimes like sexual assault against minors, domestic violence and robbery. There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law, and Texas has now become a state where those practices are not tolerated. With this bill, we are doing away with those that seek to promote lawlessness in Texas."
The bill cleared its final hurdle this week in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature, over objections from Democrats and immigrant rights supporters who packed the Texas Capitol. The term 'sanctuary cities' has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects who are in the U.S. illegally.
John sat down with Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn who explains exactly what this all means.