AUSTIN In a major escalation of the state’s battle against local governments refusing to comply with federal immigration laws, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday moved to immediately carry out his promise to withhold grant money to Travis County because of a new jail policy he contends makes Texas’ capital a “sanctuary city.” “This morning, the governor’s office is canceling all currently active Travis County criminal justice grants,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said. So far, the state has paid only about $300,000 of $1.8 million to the county, so the loss will total about $1.5 million. Sheriff Sally Hernandez said in an interview with reporters
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Great! Now Austin should send a tax bill to all the leftists who live there and support this sanctuary nonsense for the missing $1.8 million. I´m sure all those Austin cars with obama stickers on them would have no problem paying more taxes.
Yes, #2. It´s called "nullification". Trump should arrest every sheriff, mayor, governor or any other official who refuses to enforce immigration laws. And cut off all federal funding. Hit them where it hurts.
Her is a list of those that supported Sheriff Sally Hernandez in her bid to become sheriff. Hernandez received the following endorsements in 2016:
Sheriff Lupe Valdez Annie´s List AFSCME Local 1624 Austin Bar Association’s “Best Qualified Sheriff Candidate” Austin Young Democrats Black Austin Democrats Central Austin Democrats Central Labor Council Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (HBAA) North by Northwest Democrats Stonewall Democrats of Austin
When Sheriff Hernandez was sworn in she must have had her fingers crossed when they came to the part about "defending the Constitution of the United States of American". It is very obvious from her list of supporters why this sheriff supports Austin´s "sanctuary city" status.
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