Texas has been a thorn in Obama’s side since he first became president, and now they’re sticking it to him once again!
According to Breitbart, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a new plan to strip state grant funding from county sheriffs who have a Sanctuary City policy of not honoring ICE detainers. This comes just after Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced that criminal illegal immigrants in her jail will be looked over on a case by case basis to figure out if ICE detainers will be enforced.
Abbott released the following statement about his plan:
“I am establishing new standards for Sheriff’s Departments that seek grants from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD). Beginning now, all CJD grant awards will require that Sheriff’s Departments fully honor ICE’s detention requests for criminal immigrants. Any applicant that cannot certify that their office will honor all ICE detainers for criminal immigrants will be ineligible for CJD funding. Further, any applicant that certifies full compliance with ICE detainer requests—but subsequently fails to honor an ICE detainer—will be subject to claw-back provisions and must refund the full amount of their CJD grant award.”
Abbott went on to point out that the ICE has been weakening their own standards about when they issue detainers under the Priority Enforcement Program, which was enacted this year by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security.
“Given this weakened standard, it is particularly imperative that Texas [s]heriffs fully participate with ICE’s detainer program so that every single federal detainer request for a criminal immigrant is honored,” the governor wrote. “More broadly, it is vitally important that Sheriffs lead by example and enforce the rule of law.”
Abbott concluded his letter by saying, “[a]s Governor, I simply will not allow CJD grant funding administered by this office to support law enforcement agencies that refuse to cooperate with a federal law enforcement program that is intended to keep dangerous criminals off Texas streets.”
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