Earlier this week, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez ordered the release of 39 illegal aliens from the county prison.
Hernandez recently announced Travis County would fall under “sanctuary” circumstances starting Feb. 1, a policy that grants aliens immunity from prosecution on the basis of federal immigration laws.
While “Sanctuary Sally” did not accept 191 detained migrants prior to her Feb. 1 start date, 30 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees were transferred and released under Hernandez’s watch. Another five were treated the same after the start of February. In total, Hernandez has declined to hold onto 39 illegal aliens.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted the veracity of his chagrin, vowing to punish Hernandez and Travis County.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 2, 2017
Abbott quickly moved to defund the Travis County Sheriff Department, a counter that is predicted to cost Hernandez’s constituents close $1.5 million in 2017.
Texas officials are currently framing law that would do away with sanctuary policies in the state, with hearings on the subject taking place as recently as Thursday.
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