Texas Governor Just Signed Strict Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation

Texas Governor Just Signed Strict Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law that will ban so-called sanctuary cities and punish officials who do not comply.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed some of the strongest anti-sanctuary city legislation in the nation into law Sunday.

Senate Bill 4 bans so-called sanctuary cities in the state of Texas, reinforces federal immigration law and enacts strict punishment for officials or agencies who fail to comply.

"We all support legal immigration ... but legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes," Abbott said on Facebook Live while signing the bill.

Critics of the new law insist it could lead to racial profiling and a lack of trust in law enforcement officials. Those officials are permitted to question the immigration status of anyone they come in contact with, like during traffic stops.

President Donald Trump is likely to support this new law, which goes into effect Sept. 1. His administration is trying to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 32 states and Washington, D.C., are considering some sort of sanctuary city legislation in 2017. Some bills support them, some prohibit them and some states have competing bills up for consideration.