Texas stokes immigration debate with ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas has charged to the forefront of national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.

The new Texas law was blasted by opponents as the nation’s toughest on immigrants since Arizona’s crackdown in 2010. Opponents are now vowing a court challenge.

Abbott signed the measure on Facebook Live Sunday evening without advance notice, which critics say was to avoid protesters but the governor’s office says was to take advantage of social media. The law allows police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s