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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) blocked $1.5 million in state funding for courts, crime victim services and other programs in Austin, the state’s most liberal city, after the city’s sheriff, Sally Hernandez, a Democrat, announced that jails there would no longer honor immigration holds, except in cases involving human trafficking, aggravated sexual assault and murder.
Abbott’s action came a day after he delivered a State of the State address declaring a ban on “sanctuary cities” an urgent legislative priority. He has called for laws that go even further than President Donald Trump’s new executive actions in opposition to sanctuary policies, including the power to remove local officials in the state who fail to comply with federal immigration detainers.
But Judge Sarah Eckhardt of Travis County, where Austin resides, stated in a letter to the governor that she was confident Sheriff Hernandez was not in violation of 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,” she wrote. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)