Facebook followers of Texas Governor Greg Abbott received quite a surprise Sunday night.
While states like California and cities like Chicago advertise an open door policy for illegal immigrants, Texas is going in a much different direction.
Being a border state, Texas has always been a high traffic crossing point for illegal immigrants. These illegal immigrants wind up costing the state of Texas a staggering $12.36 billion per year.
Despite facing fierce opposition from liberal cities like Austin, Governor Abbott made banning sanctuary cities in the state of Texas a top priority of his administration.
The Legislature has been trying to get a ban like this passed since 2011.
Now, the bill has finally been signed into law.
WATCH LIVE: Governor Greg Abbott signs bill banning sanctuary cities into law.
Posted by Office of the Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7, 2017
From The Dallas Morning News:
“Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law,” Abbott said before inking his signature during a Facebook Live video Sunday night — the first time a Texas governor has signed a bill through an Internet live stream.
The law will go into effect Sept. 1.
Unsurprisingly, liberal critics of this bill are playing the race card.
The ACLU of Texas declared, “This racist and wrongheaded piece of legislation ignores our values, imperils our communities and sullies our reputation as a free and welcoming state.”
If the ACLU had bothered to listen to Abbott’s video, they would have heard the governor state many times that Texas wholeheartedly supports legal immigration.
“But,” Abbott clarified, “legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes.”
He then went on to condemn Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who said she would refuse to detain known criminals accused of violent crimes. “Our top priority is to keep our citizens safe,” Abbott said. “The bill I am about to sign does just that.”
Don’t mess with Texas!
Source: The Dallas Morning News