Texas Gov Abbott to crack down with criminal penalties for sheriffs like ‘Sanctuary Sally’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott thinks sheriffs who advocate sanctuary city policies should be jailed.

The Republican governor is “taking action” as he said the state of Texas will “hammer down” on the actions of law enforcement officials who have decided to help illegal aliens escape federal immigration authorities.

Abbott is seeking legislation to combat those actions and on Friday he slammed Texas Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County while speaking with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“She has knowingly released from jail in Travis County people who have been either convicted of or accused of serious felonies such as sexual assault,” he told Carlson, “sexual assault of a minor, she’s put right back out on the streets.”

According to a report from the Department of Homeland Security, 206 criminal illegal aliens were released in the U.S. by law enforcement between January 28 and February 3. Of that nationwide total, 142 of those released were from Travis County.

“This is a dangerous practice that Texas is gonna hammer down. We will not tolerate this, and so we have taken action we’re gonna take even stiffer action to ban sanctuary cities in Texas,” Abbott said.

“This is a part of what you’ve seen sweep across the United States of America,” he responded. “There is a liberal agenda that wants to so-called ‘be welcoming’ to those who are here illegally, and one way they do that is by not enforcing the law,” the governor continued as he blasted the actions of “Sanctuary Sally.”

“She campaigned on, and got elected as sheriff in Travis County this last year on the promise she… would not enforce ICE detainers,” he said.

“And so, she campaigned on the promise of not enforcing the law. That’s not the way things are done in the state of Texas, and we are going to require that she, as well as all counties, all cities, in the state of Texas must follow the law,” he added. “If you want to be in law enforcement, you have to enforce the law.”

Abbot is putting action behind his words and said he has already defunded Travis County by taking $1.5 million “out of their pocket.” He elaborated on the legislation he is proposing that would impose criminal penalties, fines and other penalties on those pushing sanctuary city policies.

“We’re gonna make it so costly, so expensive, there’s now way that any city or county can take on sanctuary city policies,” Abbott said.

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