Displaying 30+ Stories

TX Governor: Sanctuary Cities Ruling Lets Criminals 'Prey upon Our Communities'


A federal judge has blocked a controversial 'sanctuary cities' law set to go into effect in Texas Friday.

The law gave police officers the authority to ask people if they are in the U.S. legally during routine traffic stops.

It also threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal authorities.

The law is viewed as one of the toughest immigration measures in the country.

Despite protests from businesses and other groups, it had passed the Texas Legislature with little trouble.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia delivered the ruling late Wednesday in San Antonio, saying, "The state may not exercise its authority in a manner that violates the United States Constitution."

Anxieties about immigration enforcement have flared as Texas deals with evacuees from Tropical Storm Harvey. Houston officials took steps to assure families fleeing the floodwaters that shelters would not ask for their immigration status.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will appeal the judge's decision.

And he took a swipe at Travis County's Democratic sheriff, Sally Hernandez, who announced this year that her Austin jails would not cooperate with the Trump administration on immigration.

"Today's decision makes Texas' communities less safe. Because of this ruling, gang members and dangerous criminals, like those who have been released by the Travis County Sheriff, will be set free to prey upon our communities," Abbott said in a statement.


Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.