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“God Bless Texas!” The Lonestar State Moves to Defund, Criminalize, and Ban Sanctuary Cities

Texas is once again leading the way in American prosperity and success.

In recent years, the largest conservative state in the nation has led the way economically, and socially… but now they’re taking steps to lead the way in law and order.

Early Thursday morning, around 3am, Texas state legislators finally voted to approve a bill that would defund sanctuary counties, cities, and localities and could lead to Texas becoming the first state to end the scourge of sanctuary cities.

The bill would allow Texas to withhold funding from county and local governments for acting as sanctuary cities – even as the Trump administration’s efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-led states have pushed for similar policies, but Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and other officials could face criminal charges and be removed from office for not helping enforce immigration law…

The Texas House bill originally allowed local law enforcement officers to inquire about federal immigration status only if someone is arrested. A version passed in March by the state Senate went further, permitting immigration inquiries of anyone who is detained, including during traffic stops.

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But a Tea Party-backed floor amendment extending the House version to apply to those detained as well as those arrested passed on an 81-64 vote, bringing the full bill closer to what the Senate approved previously…

The state Senate’s version is different enough from what the House passed that the two chambers must compromise before sending a bill to the governor. Similar efforts have collapsed in the past, though, meaning the issue isn’t yet fully settled.

Earlier this year Texas Governor Greg Abbott defunded Travis County for refusing to abide by state and federal immigration laws.

Then the Senate showed their support by passing a bill that treated Sanctuary Cities even tougher than the one the House passed early this morning.

While the media continues to highlight the opponents of these bills, please allow me to shed some light on the matter at hand. The Texas legislature is DOMINATED by Republicans who were elected to do exactly as they are now doing.

Governor Abbott is a popular Governor, both chambers of the legislature are overwhelmingly Republican, most of the state’s national politicians (like Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn) are Republican… the voters in Texas are REPUBLICAN. The media can focus on the opponents of these bills but the truth is that the vast majority of Texas’ citizens want to put an end to Sanctuary Cities. Which is why these legislators will be reelected when the time comes, because while the media may not like these bills… the people do.

Consider this, in a poll taken earlier in April (a month after he defunded Travis County) Governor Abbott was the 7th most popular Governor in America and had an approval rating of 64%! Even more telling – only 24% of Texas voters “disapproved” of the job he was doing. Abbott is leading the way in the fight against Sanctuary Cities and illegal immigration and the voters in Texas LOVE HIM for it.

Get ready folks, because as soon as the Texas state Senate and House can compromise on a deal between their two bills… the Lonestar State will be defunding, criminalizing, and banning Sanctuary Cities.

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