Texas is about the last state you’d expect to be acting in defiance of President Donald Trump – and for the most part they’re not. In fact, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared war on sanctuary cities in his state following Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
Thus far, Abbott has blocked $1.5 million in grant money to Travis County because their Sheriff Sally Hernandez said that she would only cooperate with federal law enforcement for illegals caught committing murder, human trafficking, and sexual assault.
Rather than respond with compliance, Hernandez responded by releasing criminal illegals into the public. As Breitbart reported: 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. Eight more immigration detainers received after February 1 were also declined. The sheriff also declined four requests 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.
Abbott replied immediately that Texas will “hammer” Travis County.
At the end of January, Abbott threatened on national television that Sally would either work with federal law enforcement, or lose her job. The same went for any sheriffs who continued to uphold “sanctuary policies.”
Hernandez joins a number of big-city mayors in defying Trump on their sanctuary status, among the notable being Boston, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. The stakes are huge – with $7 billion in federal funding at stake for New York City alone.
If this county (and the cities mentioned) don’t change, at least the rest of the nation’s taxpayers will still have something to thank them for.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]