In America, we expect our law enforcement officials to actually uphold the law, so when we hear about department leaders shielding illegal aliens from prosecution and deportation, it upsets us.
Fortunately for the people in Texas, such practices will no longer be allowed. In fact, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Sunday a bill that not only bans sanctuary cities in his state, but threatens law enforcement personnel with jail time if they refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.
The Daily Caller is reporting that the new law is the toughest of its kind in the nation. It allows law enforcement officers to ask about a person’s immigration status during any situation in which they’re detained, including traffic stops, and slaps a fine of up to $25,000 a day on departments that fail to comply with the law.
“Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a statement from his office posted on Facebook Live. “The reason why so many people come to America is because we are a nation of laws and Texas is doing its part to keep it that way.”
A similar bill has been in the legislature since 2011, but Republicans have failed to get it passed. However, that all changed this week when it made its way through both houses and onto Abbott’s desk for his signing on Sunday.
“[The bill] ensures that law enforcement officers in Texas can and will cooperate with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. It also requires sheriffs to honor ICE detainer requests,” Abbott said.
Below is Abbott’s video message about the bill, which was posted to Facebook on Sunday evening.
WATCH LIVE: Governor Greg Abbott signs bill banning sanctuary cities into law.
Posted by Office of the Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7, 2017
While everyone talks about the border wall to help stop illegal immigration, a major part of curbing the problem is enforcement of existing laws to make it harder for those in the country illegally to live and work. Thankfully, at least the governor of Texas has enough common sense to figure this out.
Let’s hope other states follow his lead.