Texas Governor Greg Abbott Calls Sanctuary Cities Bluff

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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December 7, 2016

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently ordered funding cut to any sanctuary cities in the state and promised to ban the existence of such municipalities in the near future.

There’s a new sheriff in town.
Sanctuary showdown in Texas: Gov. Abbott
set to deny Sheriff Hernandez funding.

Abbott’s announcement spells bad news for the newly elected Democratic Sheriff Sally Hernandez in Travis County (which includes Austin: population 2 million +). Hernandez campaigned on getting Immigration and Customs Enforcement out of its jails. Hernandez also promised she won’t hold inmates for ICE when the federal agency seeks to remove them from the county. The position clearly places Austin in the ranks of a sanctuary city.

Immigration enforcement advocates wonder how Hernandez could justify protecting 26-year-old Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, an illegal alien from Mexico now in her custody. Detectives have labeled Coria-Gonzales a violent serial sexual predator who since December had terrorized as many as ten women, one stabbed multiple times, in North and Northeast Austin. One of the five-time deported alien’s victims was a 68-year-old woman who needed a cane to walk. Coria-Gonzales spotted her waiting for a bus, offered her a ride and then raped her. His rap sheet includes two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of aggravated sexual assault – and three DUIs.

In defense of her sanctuary advocacy which assumedly includes Coria-Gonzales, Hernandez offered this illogical, idiotic statement: “I just don't think you solve the criminal justice process by deporting them.”

Sanctuary policies will be an important part on the incoming Trump administration. Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to let your elected officials know that you oppose their existence. Many of your representatives will return in 2017.

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