On Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show Wednesday, Texas' Republican Governor Greg Abbott told host Malzberg that he will confront the issue of cities that refuse to comply with immigration law by signing legislation that could jail sheriffs of sanctuary cities.
Abbott said, “We have been pushing a piece of legislation in Texas that is going to pass that I will be signing into law that imposes even sterner penalties on counties. It will include things such as further defunding them. It will impose fines. And it could impose jail time for these sheriffs to enforce the laws. Oddly enough, these sheriffs could wind up behind the very bars they are releasing these criminals from.”
Malzberg went on to question the whole premise behind protecting illegals, which Abbot called a "bogus argument": "They're saying that they're going to promote obeying the law by promoting lawlessness. And so, it's a flawed strategy."
Abbott pointed out that that flawed strategy resulted in, for example, the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco at the hands of an oft-deported illegal.
"This is something that Americans cannot and will not tolerate, and that is crime by public policy because of neglect of enforcing the rule of law. America is a nation based upon the rule of law, and these liberals who are abandoning the rule of law are compromising the safety and the well-being of our fellow Americans, and Texas and the Trump administration are not going to tolerate it."