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Thursday, March 2, 2017

It's Time to Ban Sanctuary Cities

Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 3

Several governmental entities in Texas have adopted policies that purposefully hinder or prohibit local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs and prohibit officers detaining a criminal suspect from inquiring about a person’s immigration status. Policies such as these that ignore current immigration laws have led to the term "sanctuary cities."

As a Republican and your representative, I believe that it is my duty to ensure the safety of all Texans, and I am committed to prohibiting sanctuary city policies that threaten our security.

This is why I have co-authored and strongly support several bills that have been filed in the Texas house that would prevent local "sanctuary city" policies.

My House colleagues and I are working to address this issue in the following ways:

  • Prohibiting municipalities, counties, special districts, local entity employees, and district attorneys from adopting rules, orders, ordinances or policies that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws.

  • Requiring local entities to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding criminal illegal aliens.

  • Ensuring that law enforcement agencies must notify the magistrate or judge if the federal government has identified a person as an undocumented alien or if a federal detainer request has been issued.

  • Denying state grant funds or issuing a monetary penalty to local entities that are found to be in violation of the law.

These efforts are in addition to the additional border security funding passed by House Republicans during the 84th Legislative Session. 

It is absolutely critical that local jurisdictions enforce state and federal immigration laws to protect our communities and uphold law and order. I will continue to fight for additional resources to protect Texans and pass legislation to enforce immigration law.