FEB. 3, 2017
“…As proposed, Texas’ bill applies to local police forces and law enforcement at college campuses, and seeks to strip authorities of state-controlled grant funding if they don’t comply — though some of its key provisions may change as it clears the Senate and makes its way through Texas’ Republican-controlled state House.
“Individual sheriffs and police chiefs — particularly in heavily Democratic areas — have long opposed enforcing federal immigration law, though some statewide law enforcement groups have endorsed the bill. Abbott already ordered $1.5 million to be withheld from the Travis County sheriff, who has said the jails in the state capital, Austin, could no longer honor most federal immigration detainers. That funding supports projects such as family violence education and a special court for veterans. The governor has warned that more money could be cut.”