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    Texas Governor Threatens Jail for ‘Sanctuary’ Sheriff

    Abbott says bill would put Travis County official behind 'bars that she has tried to release people from'

    by Brendan Kirby | Updated 24 Feb 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday showed no sign of backing down in his high-profile battle with the sheriff of Travis County over her “sanctuary” policy. He aims to hit recalcitrant officials on multiple fronts.

    Abbott said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that state legislation would hit local law enforcement officials in the pocketbook and even threaten their personal freedom for refusing to comply with federal immigration law.

    “It could lead to actual criminal penalties against people like this sheriff for violating their oath of office and, hopefully, put her behind bars — the bars that she has tried to release people from,” he said.

    Sheriff Sally Hernandez sparked the confrontation earlier this year by announcing a new policy that limits her department’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

    “We in law enforcement need the cooperation of our communities of color,” she told “PBS NewsHour” last week. “We need them to be running to us, and not running away from us.”

    Abbott responded by cutting off $1.5 million in law enforcement grants to Travis County, which includes the state capital, Austin.

    “That was just for starters,” he told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham.

    A bill already has passed the state Senate that would put “real teeth” in Texas laws prohibiting sanctuary policies, Abbott said. In addition to criminal penalties, the legislation calls for fines that could total $9 million a year and includes a provision holding uncooperative law enforcement officials civilly liable for crimes committed by illegal immigrants they release from custody.

    "What she's done is absolutely reprehensible … She's actually released back out onto the streets very dangerous criminals that federal ICE agents wanted to have detained," he said. "This includes countless individuals who are here illegally who've been charged with felonies. It includes a person who's been charged with sexual assault of a woman, a person who's been charged with sexual assault of a minor."

    Abbott also took a shot at the NFL, which has threatened to withhold the Super Bowl and other major events from Texas if it passes a bill to regulate bathroom use by biological sex.

    "The NFL needs to butt out," he said. "If they want to get involved in politics, the need to run for office. If they don't do that, they just need to stick to football."
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    Gov. Abbott is really starting to impress me. I get a visual in my mind of Sheriff Buford Pusser in a wheelchair, club in his lap, when I hear this dude speak.

    For those that don't know who Sheriff Buford Pusser was:

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" ** Edmund Burke**

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    New Texas Bill Promises Jail Time for Officials Promoting ‘Sanctuary

    As President Donald Trump makes it clear week after week that he is serious about keeping our border safe, state governments are growing bolder in aligning themselves with his policies.

    The latest was Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, who was apparently prepared to put the hammer down on liberal snowflake city officials who declare themselves “sanctuary cities.” A new Texas bill, which has already passed the Senate, provided for not only de-funding of law-breaking cities but also potential prosecution of their officials.

    Abbott expected to sign the bill into law in the next few months and was giving public officials time to consider the consequences of their actions.

    “If you have a public official, including a sheriff, who continues to adopt sanctuary city policies after this ban goes into place, they could be criminally prosecuted and themselves wind up in jail. The place they are releasing dangerous criminals from,” he said, according to Fox News.

    A likely first candidate for Abbott to make a public example of would be Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who has released 50 criminal illegal aliens in the past month alone.

    One of those criminals was in jail on a charge of sexually assaulting a child.
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