Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been one of the loudest voices within the GOP working against “sanctuary” cities. Now, he’s made a major move that’s going to have them freaked out.
On Monday, the state issued a sobering news release on one of the biggest sanctuary county offenders in the Lone Star State — Travis County, home to the ultra-liberal anti-oasis of Austin.
In a statement accompanying the report, Abbott vowed to “put an end to sanctuary policies that put the lives of our citizens at risk.”
The statement on Travis County revealed that 142 criminally charged illegal immigrants had been released by the city between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 of this year. That, according to a Department of Homeland Security report, represents nearly 70 percent of the criminally charged illegal immigrants released nationwide.
The report, according to the statement from the state of Texas, “highlights the counties that are not cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.
“From the time period between January 28 – February 3, 2017, 206 criminally charged illegal immigrants nationwide were released from custody due to the denial of ICE detainer requests. The worst offender was Travis County, which accounted for 142 (nearly 70%) of those released and charged with crimes including sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence, and robbery.”
“Today’s report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas,” Abbott said in the statement.
“The Travis County sheriff’s decision to deny ICE detainer requests and release back into our communities criminals charged with heinous crimes — including sexual offenses against children, domestic violence, and kidnapping — is dangerous and should be criminal in itself. Texas will act to put an end to sanctuary policies that put the lives of our citizens at risk.”
Abbott has been vehemently against sanctuary cities, stripping funding and threatening legislation allowing removal from office for officials who promote sanctuary policies. Perhaps most
Perhaps most alarming for the liberal leadership of Travis County: This DHS update will be released weekly. Ouch.
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