Texas Governor Blocks Funding for Austin Because It's a Sanctuary City

Texas Governor Blocks Funding for Austin Because It's a Sanctuary City

Hernandez says, instead of honoring all ICE Detainers the way former Sheriff Greg Hamilton did she will do it on a limited basis.

And Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt wrote in a letter to Abbott that she believes Hernandez is within the law. Abbott had warned of the cuts soon after Hernandez announced on January 20 that her office would no longer honor most requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to detain potentially undocumented immigrants at the county jail for further investigation.

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, a member of the finance committee that focused on supplementing Child Protective Services funding, said if Abbott's list was limited on Tuesday, it was only because of time constraints. "Stiffer penalties coming soon".

The county relied on the Criminal Justice Division money to fund several programs within both district and county courts that focus on family violence outreach, prostitution prevention and drug diversion, among other services.

"It is retribution for a lawful but political stance that is adverse to his political stance", Eckhardt said of the governor's motive in rescinding the annually disbursed county funds. She also pointed out that counties are administrative extensions of state government.

"When the state cuts off our ability to do its business, it is cutting off its ability to govern", she said. "We want to see the details", he said. Many state agencies and their workers are already feeling strained, he said.

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"Let's keep Texas the most exceptional state in America", the first-term Republican said in his State of the State speech to lawmakers. Charles Perry filed SB 4 which would eliminate sanctuary cities in the state and was similar to one he filed during the 2015 session that would have required county jails to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But she said the impact will vary among campuses. "The integrity of our civil and criminal justice system is built on the premise it applies to everyone equally".

"The Chief of Police and our Bexar County Sheriff or any sheriff for that matter needs to have the autonomy given to them by being dually elected to that office to run their office, to run their departments. That is unacceptable", Abbott told legislators. "If these types of programs are not continued, then I'm concerned about our public safety".

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, criticized Abbott for ignoring the rising cost of higher education, saying the state should invest in its future workforce, even if it means tapping a so-called rainy day fund worth about $7.5 billion.

That article stated that one of the proposed sanctuary state bills, SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, would prohibit state and local agencies from enforcing immigration laws or from working with immigration enforcement agencies.

"It's just we have a policy that's based on our community", Hernandez said. "I am upholding the law and the Constitution and I am complying with ICE".