Cities in Texas will now be prohibited from from enacting so-called “sanctuary” laws stopping local police from asking people they detain about their immigration status, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday.
Without notifying anyone that he was about to do it, Gov. Abbott signed the bill via live-streaming on Facebook, explaining that Texas residents expect lawmakers to “keep us safe” and similar laws have already been tested in federal court.
“Let’s face it, the reason why so many people come to America is because we are a nation of laws and Texas is doing its part to keep it that way,” said Abbott.
According to Abbott spokesman John Wittman, The reason the bill was signed on a Facebook LIVE is because that’s “where most people are getting their news nowadays.”
Protesters staged a daylong sit-in at a state building last week, and approximately 20 people were arrested for criminal trespassing. It was reported that one Democratic state representative even went on a three-day hunger strike to express displeasure with the proposed law.
Teri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, promised to “fight this assault in the court” and at the ballot box, even though permitting police to ask about immigration status has been tested in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Republicans say the bill keep dangerous criminals out of our society.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 8, 2017
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