Tags: Exclusive Interviews | Homeland Security | Immigration | Newsmax TV | greg abbott | sanctuary cities | ice

Gov. Abbott: Sheriffs Who Want Sanctuary Cities 'Need to Quit Their Job'

(Newsmax TV)

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 03:53 PM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells Newsmax TV that the Department of Justice crackdown on sanctuary cities is a strong move in helping correct the nation's illegal immigration problem, one he's already implemented on the state level in Texas.

"This is huge and this is a very important step by the U.S. Department of Justice and it is exactly what I did as governor of the state of Texas last month when I defunded Travis County, where the city of Austin is located," Abbott, a Republican, said Wednesday to Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"The reason why is . . . the sheriff refused to honor ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detainer requests and instead released back out onto the streets very dangerous criminals.

"Criminals who had been arrested for sexual assault, including sexual assault of a minor, compromising the safety of our fellow Texans. Let me tell you something. If a sheriff refuses to enforce the laws . . . they need to quit their job. If they don't want to enforce the law, they should not be in law enforcement."

See Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV: Tune in beginning at 12 PM EDT to see "America Talks Live" — on FiOS 615, YouTube Livestream, Newsmax TV App from any smartphone, NewsmaxTV.com, Roku, Amazon Fire — More Systems Here

Abbott's action cost the county $1.5 million in lost funding.

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that cities that protect undocumented immigrants will face the loss of federal funding. Several of the dozens of municipalities considered sanctuary cities, including New York City, plan to buck the order.

Abbott said he is also that pushing legislation that will impose fines and possibly jail sheriffs who don't enforce the immigration statutes.

"Oddly enough, these sheriffs could wind up behind the very bars they are releasing these criminals from," Abbott said.

"America is a nation based upon the rule of law and these liberals who are abandoning the rule of law are compromising the safety and well-being of our fellow Americans and Texas and the Trump administration are not going to tolerate it."

Abbott is the author of "Broken but Unbowed: The Fight to Fix a Broken America," published by Threshold Editions.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells Newsmax TV that the Department of Justice crackdown on sanctuary cities is a strong move in helping correct the nation's illegal immigration problem, one he's already implemented on the state level in Texas.
greg abbott, sanctuary cities, ice, illegal immigration
370
2017-53-29
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved