Monday, May 8, 2017
CNN reports that Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday signed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in his state. The bill, which Abbott could be seen signing on Facebook Live, establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don't comply with immigration laws and detention requests.
As part of the legislation, entities and officials that do not comply with the law could face the following penalties:
- A civil penalty for entities in violation of the law of up to $25,500 for each day of the violation.
- A class A misdemeanor for a sheriff, chief of police, or constable who fails to comply with federal immigration detainer requests
- Removal from office for any elected or appointed official who does not comply with the law.