Texas governor signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities'

Patrice Gainsbourg
Mai 8, 2017

After a long debate at the Texas State Capitol over the sanctuary cities bill, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law during a rare Facebook Live appearance.

The legislation is aimed at achieving uniformity with the policies of the Trump administration, which grew frustrated when a federal judge blocked the president's effort (as merrily promoted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) to defund cities that refused to give up their sanctuary status. His spokesman, John Wittman, later said they chose to sign the bill on a Facebook livestream because that's "where most people are getting their news nowadays". Republicans say it is needed to ensure local jails honor requests from federal officials to keep risky offenders behind bars. "Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do". "It's inexcusable to release individuals from jail that have been charged with heinous crimes like sexual assault against minors, domestic violence and robbery".

The US state of Texas has placed a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities", which limits cooperation with the national government to enforce law against immigrants.

Removal from office for any elected or appointed official who does not comply with the law.

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The measure goes into effect on September 1, according to the governor's office.

Opponents blast the Texas bill as a version of Arizona's immigration crackdown law, SB 1070, which launched protests, lawsuits and national controversy in 2010.

Judge William H. Orrick, in his ruling, sided with jurisdictions such as Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco, who argued that a threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional.

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