Texas governor plans to end sanctuary cities in state

Texas governor plans to end sanctuary cities in state
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Image: Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner via Fox News Latino)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he wants to ban cities from sheltering illegal immigrants in his state.

“I’m going to sign a law that bans sanctuary cities,” the Republican tweetedSunday. “Also I’ve already issued an order cutting funding to sanctuary cities.”

Abbott, who previously was the state’s attorney general, responded to a Twitter user who wanted to know whether he would do anything to reverse a pledge in the state capital to remain a sanctuary city.

In a later tweet, he said, “I deployed National Guard & added DPS Officers to the border & filed the suit that halted [Barack] Obama‘s illegal amnesty order. ”

Abbott also is optimistic Trump’s election means Texas can decrease its border security campaign, which costs $800 million in the current two-year budget.

Abbott “is hopeful that President-elect Trump will implement a border security policy that eases the enormous financial burden Texas taxpayers have shouldered due to the current administration’s dereliction of duty,” Abbott spokesman Sam Taylor said in a statement last week. “The governor looks forward to working with the president elect to secure our southern border once and for all.”

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