Gov. Abbott blocks sanctuary city funding

"Let's be clear: We all support legal immigration; it's what built America". But he'll look and sound good to his base.

By making a ban on sanctuary cities an emergency item, Abbott has allowed lawmakers to bypass a rule that prohibits them from voting on laws during the first 60 days of a legislative session.

Texas Republicans - from the governor's office to the state senate - are at work to eliminate sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State.

Democrats criticized Abbott's speech as overly partisan and too focused on "distractions", such as "sanctuary cities" and "fetal remains".

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Abbott also said risky criminals are coming across the border into Texas. That's a suspicion that she thinks is best for the feds to check out with their resources - because that's why they have their resources. The distinction honors Rodriguez' extensive contributions to public education through her official positions in local school districts up to the national level through staff development trainings.

Abbott also announced: "Today I am directing state agencies to impose an immediate hiring freeze through the end of August". "We should respect the rights of local voters".

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt shared a letter sent to Gov. Abbott which said in part that the sheriff's policy "is well within the requirements of 8 USC Sections 1373 and 1644". "When you undermine that by having individuals decide which laws they will apply, when they will apply them and how they will apply them you begin to create a perception of a double standard", Perry was quoted by KVUE TV in Austin. That order forces local law enforcement agencies to hold illegal immigrants for ICE agents.

Emergency item number two: sanctuary cities.

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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. He'll have to wait for the Legislature to make possible the removal of officeholders like Hernandez.

"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". Texas history is full of lore about federal authorities sweeping in and trying to throw their weight around, only to find out the hard way that the sheriff is the real boss in a Texas county.

Abbott started off with a positive outlook on how Texas is faring, even as he readily acknowledged a downturn in the oil and gas industry and the diminishing revenues that have followed. He has made a decision to usurp local authority and turn sheriffs into minions of the federal government. "The integrity of our civil and criminal justice system is built on the premise it applies to everyone equally". Trying to remove an elected official for fulfilling a campaign promise to voters sounds like an effective way to disenfranchise those voters.

Nichols, an East Texas Republican, said one of his priorities is addressing shortcomings in a mental health system that can leave those needing treatment in county jail holding cells.

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