(Conservative Tribune) Texas has been at the forefront of the court fight against the Obama administration’s attempts to make give illegal aliens citizenship by fiat, now the Lone Star State’s governor is cracking down on cities inside his borders that offer sanctuary to illegals.
In a letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez reported by Breitbart, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot made it clear Texas isn’t putting up with the kind of “sanctuary city” nonsense other states – notably California – have made the norm when it comes to coddling illegal aliens.
After Lupez announced her decision to make decisions on a case-by-case bases on whether to honor federal law that requires detaining illegal aliens, Abbott hit back hard – accusing the sheriff of endangering the very people she’s supposed to protect.
“Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans,” he wrote. “These detainers provide ICE with the critical notice and time it needs to take incarcerated immigrants into federal custody.”
Abbott then made his next steps clear.
“Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans,” he wrote.
“At a minimum, Texas must pass laws that prohibit any policy or action like yours that promote sanctuary to people in this state illegally. The state must make it illegal for a sheriff’s department not to honor a federal immigration detainer request. Texas must evaluate the extent to which local taxpayers should foot the bill for local decisions that increase costs for our health and education systems.”
As a former attorney general for Texas and now as its governor, Abbott has been leading the legal battle 26 states are waging against Obama’s executive action on immigration because the states maintain Obama is acting lawlessly.
In his closing to Valdez, he stresses that Texas won’t tolerate lawlessness by its law enforcement officers either.
“Now more than ever. It is essential that state, federal, and local law enforcement work collaboratively to protect our fellow Texans and to ensure that our laws are upheld, not disregarded.”
As a law enforcement officer, Valdez shouldn’t need to be told to uphold the law. Abbott deserves the thanks of Americans everywhere, but especially in Texas, where he’s drawn the line against “sanctuary cities” for illegal aliens.