As sanctuary city mayors nationwide have banded together and pledged to resist any attempts the Trump administration, one governor in particular has made it clear that he’ll do everything in his power to fight the sanctuary cities in his own state.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has already cut funding to one county in Texas, Travis County, which lost $1.5 million in state law enforcement grants due to their sanctuary policies. That’s in line with Trump’s plan in pressuring sanctuary cities with financial threats, which is a solid strategy given the billions on the line. One study found that there’s $27 billion a year on the line for all the nation’s sanctuary jurisdictions – practically enough to build a border wall.
Consistent with the “Don’t Mess With Texas” slogan, Abbott isn’t going to just leave it with threats of defunding the sanctuaries in his own state.
According to the Daily Caller, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a Wednesday interview with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg that he plans on signing into law a piece of legislation that could actually jail sheriffs serving in sanctuary cities and counties.
“…we have been pushing a piece of legislation in Texas that will pass, that I will be signing into law, that imposes even sterner penalties on counties,” he added.”
“It will include things such as defunding them. It will impose fines, and it could impose jail time for the sheriffs to enforce the laws.”Abbott further noted that, “oddly enough, the sheriffs could end up behind the very bars they are releasing these criminals from.”
Well, that’s one way of doing it.
Who knew such drastic measures would need to be taken to force those whose job it is to enforce the law, to actually enforce the law?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]