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    Texas Governor Greg Abbott admonished Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez over her recent decision to consider honoring immigration detainers on a case-by-case basis. The governor said sanctuary city policies like this will no longer be tolerated in Texas.

    26 Oct 2015


    Governor Abbott wrote the tersely worded letter to Sheriff Valdez after her decision announced earlier this month to scale back on honoring immigration detainers sent to her jail by the federal governments Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Her announcement was reported by Breitbart Texas on October 12.

    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, Abbott began in his letter attached below. Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcements (ICE) 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.

    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, Abbott continued. 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.

    The governor laid out actions he and the state of Texas could take in response to the renegade actions of this sheriff. Those include the following:

    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 Sheriffs 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 countys Sheriff failed to honor an ICE detainer request.
    Valdez says her new policy applies only to those who have committed minor offenses. She issued an order that these inmates not be held the additional 48 hours for ICE officials as has been done in the past, the Breitbart Texas article states.

    No matter what we do, someone is going to get upset, Valdez told Dallas Morning News reporters. We cant base our decisions on who is going to get upset with us. We have to base our decisions on what is best for the whole. She did not elaborate on how releasing criminal illegal aliens into the community before ICE is able to determine if there is grounds for detention or deportation makes her community safer.

    Lopez said that instead of looking at felonies vs. misdemeanors, she would instead base her decisions on a case-by-case basis.

    Now more than ever, Abbott concluded in his letter, 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.







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    The whole idea of sanctuary city is morally wrong.
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    The whole idea of sanctuary city is morally wrong.
    I was going to say the same thing.

    It's hypocrisy in it's highest form.

    What's even more sickening, is that law enforcement officials are openly endorsing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I was going to say the same thing.

    It's hypocrisy in it's highest form.

    What's even more sickening, is that law enforcement officials are openly endorsing it.
    That idiot sheriff needs to lose her job.

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    [B]“No matter what we do, someone is going to get upset,” Valdez told Dallas Morning News reporters. “We can’t base our decisions on who is going to get upset with us. We have to base our decisions on what is best for the whole.”
    Really sheriff? Define "whole". Politicians out for votes?
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    I don't understand the Republicans on this. When it comes to guns, they are the first to point out that the common refrain on the left to 'toughen' gun laws and further limit who can and cannot get their hands on a gun right after some outlier uses a gun in a public mass shooting is a fool's errand. The remote chance we'd stop these shooters isn't worth the time, effort, cost, and limits on liberty, they say. Then, when it comes to this, they take the opposite stance. Even Rand Paul introduced federal regulation on this.

    What happened to Kate Steinle is tragic. But it was a failure of ICE, not San Francisco. A federal law to force local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE would be unconstitutional. Remember, Steinle's killer was in federal prison for illegally entering the country. Instead of deporting him, they made the decision to hand him over to San Francisco on an old, marijuana-related warrant. Judges have consistently found simple requests by ICE to hold a suspect to be unconstitutional. ICE has to issue a warrant. In this case, they didn't. They asked San Francisco to hold him. Since that is unconstitutional, they didn't. San Francisco law says if there is a court order or warrant, they hold suspects for ICE. The San Francisco sheriff said if there had been a court order or warrant they would have held them. ICE dropped the ball.

    Perhaps sanctuary cities are immoral, but they also have lower crime rates than comparable cities. In fact, the cities with the highest illegal immigrant populations are the safest US cities. The reason sanctuary cities exist is to entice cooperation from local citizens. 45% of Latinos and 70% of illegal immigrants say they won't report crimes or cooperate with police if they risk being asked about their legal status. They are much more likely to cooperate to help police solve crimes in sanctuary cities.

    So perhaps there is a more moral way of going about this.

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    Texas Gov. Abbott cuts funding to Austin over sanctuary city policies


    Published February 02, 2017




    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blocked funding to Austin on Wednesday after its sheriff said the citys jails would no longer honor most federal immigration detainers.

    Abbotts move begins a crackdown over sanctuary city policies in the state. The Republican governor is also pushing to sign new laws that could go even further than President Donald Trumps new executive actions against sanctuary policies.

    Travis County officials condemned Abbotts decision, which would cost Austin 1.5 million in grant money earmarked for crime victim services, courts and other programs. They stood by Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who announced after Trumps inauguration that her jails would only honor immigration holds I murder, aggravated sexual assault and human trafficking cases.

    Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt wrote in a letter to Abbott that she was confident the sheriff is within the law.

    "I am certain you have come to the same conclusion; else you would not be seeking to change current State law to put all Texas Sheriffs in the service of the United States Department of Homeland Security," Eckhardt wrote.


    The revoked funds came a day after Abbott used his State of the State address to declare a "sanctuary city" ban an urgent priority for lawmakers. A Senate committee on Thursday is expected to vote on a bill that would deny state grant funds to jurisdictions that discourage "inquiring into the immigration status of a person under lawful detention or arrest."

    Abbott has also called for the power to remove locally elected officials if they don't comply.

    Abbott announced the legislation in an interview Wednesday with "Fox & Friends," saying he and fellow Republicans in the Texas legislature are working to ban sanctuary cities and impose financial and criminal penalties on officials who fail to comply.

    "We are working on laws that will ... ban sanctuary cities [and] remove from office any officer-holder who promotes sanctuary cities," he said.

    While Abbott cant personally remove a local official, the governor hopes to work with lawmakers in Austin who have filed multiple bills that would punish local governments for not arresting or detaining immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Last November, Texas state Sen. Charles Perry filed SB 4 which would eliminate sanctuary cities in the state and was similar to one he filed during the 2015 session that would have required county jails to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    What the governor said yesterday is that he wanted this added to a bill, a spokesperson for Abbott told Fox News. Its something that weve been bouncing around in the office for a while.

    While this is not the first time that Abbott has had to deal with a rogue law enforcement officer in regard to sanctuary cities in 2015, the governor warned Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to back down from a policy change on federal immigration detention requests or face financial penalties his office says Hernandez has gone a step too far.

    Trump signed an order last week to withdraw funding from sanctuary cities that decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. It didn't specify what kind of money could be pulled. In California, San Francisco officials sued over the order, saying it was unconstitutional and an invasion of the city's sovereignty.






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    "An invasion of the city's sovereignty"...do they even realize how ignorant that comment is?

    If you were truly sovereign, you wouldn't need state and federal money to keep your city in the black.

    Money coming form the federal government always has, and always will have strings attached to it. If you don't want to abide by the laws and regulation of the federal government, they are not obligated to give you money.
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    Texas Sheriff Releases 39 Criminal Aliens in First Two Days of Sanctuary Policy

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    Despite the loss of state law enforcement grants, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez followed through and released 39 criminal aliens during the first two days of her sanctuary policy.

    Records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Travis County Sheriffs Office revealed that Sanctuary Sally released 37 criminal aliens from custody on February 1. Two more criminal aliens were released on the following day. The sheriffs office stated that Sheriff Hernandez declined 191 immigration detainers that were received by her office before February 1. Eightmore immigration detainers received after February 1 were also declined. The sheriff also declined fourrequests from immigration officials to be notified of the pending release of the criminal aliens in her custody.

    Sheriff Hernandez did not refuse all requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Thirty immigration detainers that were received by her office before the February 1 change in policy were honored by the office. The sheriff accepted three immigration detainers that were received after her policy went into effect on February 1. She also accepted two requests for notification of pending release.

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the lawless actions of the Travis County sheriff Tweeting, This is why I declared banning sanctuary cities an emergency. Texas will hammer Travis County.


    Governor Abbott moved on the day of the sheriffs sanctuary county policy announcement and stripped state grants from the department, Breitbart Texasreported. Travis County Sheriffs Office Spokesperson Kristen Dark confirmed the move by the sheriff to protect criminal aliens from federal officials will cost the taxpayers of Travis County $1.5 million this year. She also confirmed the sheriff is aware her department could also lose federal law enforcement grants if the Department of Justice certifies the county is not cooperating100 percent with immigration officialsunder existing federal law.

    Breitbart Texas requested information on what crimes the released aliens were charged with. Dark replied that information could only be obtained via an open records act request.

    The Texas Legislature is currently debating bills that would outlaw sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Senate held hearings in the Senate Chamber onSB 4, a bill offered by State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). Hundreds of people testified before the Senate Committee on State Affairs in a session that lasted until midnight, Breitbart Texas Lana Shadwickreported.

    The five key provisions of Perrys SB 4 were discussed by the senators staff with Breitbart Texas. Those provisions are:

    Municipalities are forced to comply with immigration detainers;

    Municipalities cannot prohibit or discourage officers from inquiring about immigration status during a lawful stop;

    State grants will be withheld if the Attorney of Texas finds an entity is in violation of law;

    The immigration status must be recorded in a persons case file; andThe bill protects witnesses and victims of crimes if they are here illegally.





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    Texas Sheriff Releases 39 Criminal Aliens in First Two Days of Sanctuary Policy

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    Despite the loss of state law enforcement grants, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez followed through and released 39 criminal aliens during the first two days of her sanctuary policy.

    Records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office revealed that “Sanctuary Sally” released 37 criminal aliens from custody on February 1. Two more criminal aliens were released on the following day. The sheriff’s office stated that Sheriff Hernandez declined 191 immigration detainers that were received by her office before February 1. Eightmore immigration detainers received after February 1 were also declined. The sheriff also declined fourrequests from immigration officials to be notified of the pending release of the criminal aliens in her custody.

    Sheriff Hernandez did not refuse all requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Thirty immigration detainers that were received by her office before the February 1 change in policy were honored by the office. The sheriff accepted three immigration detainers that were received after her policy went into effect on February 1. She also accepted two requests for notification of pending release.

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the lawless actions of the Travis County sheriff Tweeting, “This is why I declared banning sanctuary cities an emergency. Texas will hammer Travis County.”


    Governor Abbott moved on the day of the sheriff’s sanctuary county policy announcement and stripped state grants from the department, Breitbart Texasreported. Travis County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kristen Dark confirmed the move by the sheriff to protect criminal aliens from federal officials will cost the taxpayers of Travis County $1.5 million this year. She also confirmed the sheriff is aware her department could also lose federal law enforcement grants if the Department of Justice certifies the county is not cooperating100 percent with immigration officialsunder existing federal law.

    Breitbart Texas requested information on what crimes the released aliens were charged with. Dark replied that information could only be obtained via an open records act request.

    The Texas Legislature is currently debating bills that would outlaw sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Senate held hearings in the Senate Chamber onSB 4, a bill offered by State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). Hundreds of people testified before the Senate Committee on State Affairs in a session that lasted until midnight, Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwickreported.

    The five key provisions of Perry’s SB 4 were discussed by the senator’s staff with Breitbart Texas. Those provisions are:

    Municipalities are forced to comply with immigration detainers;

    Municipalities cannot prohibit or discourage officers from inquiring about immigration status during a lawful stop;

    State grants will be withheld if the Attorney of Texas finds an entity is in violation of law;

    The immigration status must be recorded in a person’s case file; andThe bill protects witnesses and victims of crimes if they are here illegally.





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    Someone's killed by one of these releases, bloods on her hands.
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    Sanctuary city bans could spread to other states after Texas law signed

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    Published May 08, 2017



    A new Texas law cracking down on sanctuary cities could inspire other states to take a similar approach, even as the changes spur strong opposition from local Texas officials.


    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB-4 into law in a Facebook Live event Sunday evening, effectively banning sanctuary city policies in Texas and giving law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day.

    I was proud last night to sign this law ... What it means is that no county, no city, no governmental body in the state of Texas can adopt any policy that provides sanctuary, and second, what it means, is that law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs, are going to be required to comply with ICE detainer requests, Abbott said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday.


    He added, Isnt this quasi-insane that we have to pass a law to force law enforcement officers to comply with the law?

    Texas is the first state to officially ban sanctuary cities under President Trump. Colorado passed a law in 2006 outlawing sanctuary cities, but the measure was repealed in 2013. So far, only Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee have officially passed bills into law banning sanctuary policies. Virginia attempted two measures in the Republican-led legislature, but both were suspended after Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe threatened to veto.

    But Florida and Louisiana seem to be next in line to consider official policies.

    In Florida, HB 697, which would require county and local law enforcement agencies to comply with and support enforcement of federal immigration law, has passed two committees and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Louisianas measure, which passed out of a House committee last month, would prohibit sanctuary policies and require law enforcement to contact ICE agents if a person is detained for any reason and unable to provide proof of citizenship or immigration status within 48 hours.

    The Texas law is set to take effect on Sept. 1, and opponents have vowed to challenge it in court, after slamming it as the nations toughest on immigrants since Arizonas crackdown in 2010. But Abbott said key provisions of Texas law had been tested at the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down several components of Arizonas law.

    The laws are not identical: Arizonas law requires police to determine immigration status of people during routine stops, while the Texas bill does not require, but simply allows, police to ask whether a person is in the country legally, even if they are not under arrest.

    Nevada is also considering a sanctuary city ban, after Republican Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson announced he would lead the effort by pursuing a2018 ballot questionthat would prevent Nevada from allowing sanctuary cities.

    Nevada doesnt have any cities that declare themselves as sanctuaries and neither does Texas. But mayors throughout the Lone Star State were in opposition to the bill's passage, claiming it would weaken the relationship between law enforcement officials and the public.

    Our law enforcement community could not have been clearer with the legislature: by driving people into hiding, this bill will make it harder to catch criminals, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. But this bill has never really been about keeping our cities safe.

    San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor also opposed the measure.

    San Antonio is not a Sanctuary Cityour officers work hard to perform a very difficult job, and SB4 makes that job even more difficult by requiring our local police officers to act as federal immigration authorities, Taylor told Fox News.

    Last month, police chiefs throughout Texassigned a letteropposing the bill and urged the legislature to withdraw the bill.

    This legislation is bad for Texas and will make our communities more dangerous for all, the letter read.

    But despite their opposition, local officials aren't planning to defy the law.

    On Monday, San Antonio's Police Chief William McManus blasted Republican lawmakers for signing the new law, but said the department would abandon a policy that prohibited officers from asking about a person's immigration status, in order to comply with the ban.

    Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County, which includes Austin, initially refused to honor federal detainer requests if suspects werent arrested for immigration offenses or serious crimes such as murder. But before Abbott signed the bill, Hernandez vowed to conform to the ban if it became law.

    In El Paso County,meanwhile, officials could be in a tough spot. While the new law presses for cooperation with federal immigration officials, a settlement the county struck over a decade ago led to a policy barring deputies from enforcing federal immigration law. Still, the county sheriff's office does not plan to stand in the way of federal detainers.

    Abbott said it is simple: What this law is going to do is engender greater cooperation between local law enforcement and federal officials so that we ensure everybody is going to be, simply, following the law.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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    Texas sanctuary city crackdown: AG Paxton sues Austin, others


    Published May 09, 2017



    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton already has filed suit against local jurisdictions that had been accused of not cooperating with federal immigration agents, in a preemptive bid to uphold a newly signed anti-sanctuary city law and head off numerous legal challenges.

    Paxton filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, as Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed the crackdown which bars sanctuary policies and gives local law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, local officers who wont cooperate with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines up to $25,000 per day.


    The Paxton-filed suit names Travis County, the city of Austin and several local officials as defendants. A Paxton statement said the suit asks the court to uphold the constitutionality of the new law.

    SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders, he said in a statement. Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.

    The suit is an effort to avoid a raft of individual lawsuits against the state in different courts, and seeks a ruling in a single court.

    Among those named is Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who had stopped deputies from asking about immigration status and limited cooperation with federal immigration agents. However, she has said the county would follow the terms of the new law even though she opposes it.

    While I hate seeing a state law like this come to pass, I have always followed the law and that will not change, she said, according to KXAN.

    In Austin, the police department issued a statement saying they are reviewing the language of the newly approved law, SB4.

    Chief Brian Manley said in the statement, The Austin Police Department has worked hard to build and maintain trust, communication and stronger relationships with our communities through outreach programs and community policing. This effort and engagement will continue. With the passage of this law, we want our minority community to maintain their trust in us, if you see or are a victim of a criminal act we want you to call us and report it."







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    'This hamburger don't need no helper"- David Lee Roth

    "I wish Bon Jovi would've given me a call before he recorded all of his hits, because the lyrics would've been smarter, the melodies would've been much more smashing, and they would've sold a lot fewer records." -David Lee Roth

    "My beef is people thinking Bon Jovi is good cuz they sold lots of records to housewives." -tango

    "But being number one doesnt really mean jack fuck all. We sold twice as many records as other records that year (1984) that landed in the Number One position." ~Eddie Van Halen

 

 

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