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Texas Gov. Abbott to seek law banning sanctuary cities

Texas Gov. Abbott to seek law banning sanctuary cities

Will withhold funds as part of executive power.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5228023096001/?#sp=show-clips

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday morning that he has used his power as governor to withhold funds to Texas cities and counties that adopt “sanctuary” policies toward unauthorized immigrants.
“I have used my powers as governor of Texas to withhold funds to cities or counties that are declaring themselves to be sanctuary cities,” he told Fox News Channel.

According to his office, though, Abbott hasn’t cut any money to any local entity in Texas over the issue.

John Wittman, a spokesman for Abbott, said the statement wasn’t inaccurate, because the governor has the authority to withhold funds.

“The Governor’s Office has made clear that it will withhold funds from any county in Texas that doesn’t comply with ICE detainer requests, and since the governor’s directive, all county Sheriffs have followed the law,” Wittman said in a detailed statement.

Wendy what’s-her-name could not be reached for comment.

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Weasel words.

John Wittman, a spokesman for Abbott, said the statement wasn’t inaccurate, because the governor has the authority to withhold funds.

Big deal. Obama has the authority to enforce immigration law … but that doesn’t mean he does it. He has the authority to veto grotesque spending bills … ditto.

Authority coupled with inaction is why the Dems are in an electoral hole right now.

Texas has sixteen or so municipalities which arguably qualify as “sanctuary cities”. So what action is the Governor actually taking, rather than merely fantasizing about?

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