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Gov. Abbott: Texas Sanctuary Cities Ban Is Solid, Lawsuit Proof

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By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 06:16 PM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the Lone Star State's tough new law banning sanctuary jurisdictions should work smoothly, despite the howls of protest over its targeting of illegal immigrants.

"We have very solid professional law enforcement," Abbott told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg on Thursday. "And so what we are expecting is for sheriffs and police chiefs to very simply enforce the law, work collaboratively with the federal government – which, by the way, they do on a multitude of issues, whether it be terrorism or cartel activity or human trafficking.

"Whatever the case may be, it's very, very common for local law enforcement to work with both state and federal law enforcement.

"This is simply along that same track to make sure that if anybody is arrested or detained who has an ICE detainer request on them, that that information will be communicated to ICE in the traditional, collaborative way that local and federal law enforcement have worked."

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Abbott signed legislation Sunday which allows Texas authorities to seek the immigration status of any detainees and requires police chiefs and sheriffs to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation.

Those not cooperating face jail, removal from office, and agency fines of as much as $25,000 a day. The order flies in the face of cities that provide "sanctuary" to illegals trying to remain in the U.S.

Groups supporting the illegal immigrants have filed lawsuits against Texas. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a "travel warning," stating visitors to Texas may have their constitutional rights trampled by law enforcement.

"We knew all along that as soon as this law was signed, lawsuits would be filed. However, I will tell you, we feel very confident in the outcome of these lawsuits for one simple reason," Abbott said. "That is because the most contentious part of the Texas ban on sanctuary cities, the part that allows, but doesn't require, law enforcement to ask someone they detained of their immigration status. That issue has already been resolved by the United States Supreme Court in Arizona.

"In the Arizona case, the law in Arizona required law enforcement officers to ask for immigration status. In the state of Texas, we don't require it, we allow it. But, in the Arizona case, that was the one component of that case the U.S. Supreme Court, including the liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court, said was perfectly constitutional."

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