BOOM: Texas Just Banned Sanctuary Cities! [VIDEO]

BOOM: Texas Just Banned Sanctuary Cities! [VIDEO]

Across the country, sanctuary cities have sprouted up — cities where law enforcement officials are banned from asking people about their immigration status, or enforcing immigration law. As Donald Trump came into office, many of the mayors of these cities vowed to continue their policies. But in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott just signed a law banning them.

Abbott signed the bill into law in a Facebook Live video, the first time he has ever done so. “Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law,” he said. Abbott made the ban an emergency item in January, with the Texas legislature attempting to put such a ban in place every year since 2011. “It simply makes sense,” he said. “Citizens expect law enforcement officers to enforce the law, and citizens deserve lawbreakers to face legal consequences.”

The bill passed both chambers of the legislature and Abbott signed it into law just four days later. It will officially go into effect on September 1.

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Plenty of people were quick to criticize the ban, of course. Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called it a “colossal blunder.” ‘MALDEF will do its level best, in court and out, to restore Texas, the state where MALDEF was founded, to its greater glory, and to help Texas to overcome ‘Abbott’s Folly,'” he said in a statement, adding that the law would subject people to racial profiling and that it would alienate “nearly half the state population.” He also claimed that it would make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult, by making the relationship between police and immigrant communities strained and that it would negatively affect Texas tourism.

The ACLU of Texas also weighed in, slamming the new law. “This racist and wrongheaded piece of legislation ignores our values, imperils our communities and sullies our reputation as a free and welcoming state,” Terri Burke, executive director, said in a statement. “We will fight this assault in the courts, at the ballot box, and in the streets if we have to.”

Through this law, police officers will be allowed to ask about someone’s immigration status during any legal detention, which includes traffic stops. Any elected officials who violate the ban may be removed from office. A similar law in Arizona was struck down by the Supreme Court.

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Illegal immigrants should be doing all they can to make their immigration status legal and in the meantime, be prepared for what might happen if they encounter a police officer in Texas.

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