Texas governor plans to end sanctuary cities in state

Texas governor plans to end sanctuary cities in state

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. ”

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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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