The sheriff in Dallas County (TX) is running for re-election. She is a 68-year-old Latina who is seeking her fourth term. She has recently - and unilaterally - implemented a 'sanctuary city' policy.
(The sheriff) recently changed policies on holding immigrants in the Dallas County jail for federal immigration officials once the person is past his or her release date. People who committed minor offenses won’t be held for up to an additional 48 hours for agents of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement...That didn't sit well with Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Texas governor Greg Abbott invoked the memory of murder victim Kate Steinle to lay down the law with the Dallas sheriff who’s announced an illegal alien ‘sanctuary city’ policy.Getting to the point, Abbott threatened to hit her where it hurts - in the pocketbook - by withholding state funds to her office, and by revoking the 'limited liability' shield from her county, making it fully liable for any and all legal awards resulting from the new policy.
Abbott sent a letter to Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying it was “unacceptable for a Texas Sheriff” to ignore Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to detain criminal aliens:
“‘Sanctuary City’ policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigration detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas..."
Full letter below.
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Abbott is nicer than me. I'd arrest or impeach her (whichever is appropriate) for dereliction of duty. I have never understood how public officials can pick and choose which laws to enforce. If they can decide which ones to obey, why can't we peasants?