Texas Governor Signs Bill Punishing Sanctuary Cities

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Texas’s Senate Bill 4 is the toughest anti-sanctuary bill in the country. The bill will allow Texas law enforcement to question the immigration status of anyone, even during a simple traffic stop.

That is how it was before Barack Obama.

It would also allow any police chief, sheriff or mayor who failed to follow federal immigration law to be fined and or jailed.

“It can expose them to very high fines, about $25,000 per day,” Gov. Abbott told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “It exposes to jail time any sheriff or official who adopts a sanctuary city policy.”

Police chiefs in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Arlington, Fort Worth and San Antonio oppose the bill, writing a joint opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday that read: “This will lead to distrust of police and less cooperation from members of the community. And it will foster the belief that people cannot seek assistance from police for fear of being subjected to an immigration status investigation.”

That’s ridiculous. People will be safer if the criminals are deported.

Look at the statistics: “Just for Texas, since 2011 through January of this year, we’ve arrested over 212,000 criminal aliens. We’ve charged them with over 566,000 crimes, including 1,143 murders, 6,000 sexual assaults and 67,000 drug offenses, 67,000 burglaries, over 500 kidnappings,” he said. “So when you hear people say sanctuary cities makes cities safer, they’re absolutely wrong.”

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