TCC Supports Governor Abbott on Sanctuary City Policies

Members of the Texas Conservative Coalition sent Governor Abbott a letter of support for his position on sanctuary city policies, prompted by Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez’ new policy on immigrant detentions:

Dear Governor Abbott:

The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) supports your position regarding the announcement by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to decline to honor certain immigration detainer requests going forward. Such actions are part of a larger movement nationally to create “sanctuary cities,” which thwart the rule of law and endanger local communities and their residents. Sanctuary cities have no place in Texas or the rest of the United States.

In the letter to Sheriff Valdez, you suggest several reforms including laws to prohibit sanctuary cities, requiring local law enforcement to honor federal immigration detainer requests, evaluating the costs of sanctuary city policies to local taxpayers, and holding county governments financially responsible for the actions of illegal immigrants who are released as a result of a failure to honor a federal detainer request. TCC supports the legislative options highlighted in your letter.

In fact, TCC supported Senate Bill 185 (84R), which aimed to address the problem of sanctuary cities in Texas by withholding state funds from political subdivisions that enact rules or ordinances prohibiting the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws. SB 185’s author (Perry) and four coauthors (Campbell | Hall | Huffines | Taylor, Van) are TCC members. TCC also supported House Bill 12 and Senate Bill 9 (82R), which also would have prohibited sanctuary cities, and addressed major border issues and crime related to illegal immigration, respectively. With your support next Legislative Session, we will address these issues and press to end sanctuary cities in Texas.

With the memory of Kathryn Steinle still fresh in our minds, it is inconceivable that any local official in Dallas or elsewhere should be allowed to repeat the mistake that led to Steinle’s brutal murder at the hands of a dangerous illegal immigrant—one who repeatedly violated the law through seven felony convictions and five separate deportations to Mexico. The Sheriff of San Francisco released Sanchez after marijuana charges against him were dropped. Municipal leaders in San Francisco will have to live with the consequences, but Texas will not take the same chance.

We are available to assist your office, and we are prepared to take legislative action when the time comes.

Sincerely,

Senator Paul Bettencourt
Senator Brian Birdwell
Senator Donna Campbell
Senator Brandon Creighton
Senator Craig Estes
Senator Bob Hall
Senator Kelly Hancock
Senator Don Huffines
Senator Lois Kolkhorst
Senator Jane Nelson
Senator Charles Perry
Senator Charles Schwertner
Senator Larry Taylor
Senator Van Taylor
Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson
Representative Rodney Anderson
Representative Trent Ashby
Representative Cecil Bell Jr.
Representative Dwayne Bohac
Representative Dennis Bonnen
Representative Greg Bonnen
Representative Cindy Burkett
Representative DeWayne Burns
Representative Dustin R. Burrows
Representative Angie Chen Button
Representative Giovanni Capriglione
Representative Tom Craddick
Representative Myra Crownover
Representative John Cyrier
Representative Tony Dale
Representative Gary Elkins
Representative Wayne Faircloth
Representative Pat Fallon
Representative Dan Flynn
Representative James Frank
Representative John M. Frullo
Representative Craig Goldman
Representative Patricia Harless
Representative Jason Isaac
Representative Mark Keough
Representative Phil King
Representative Susan King
Representative Matt Krause
Representative Brooks Landgraf
Representative Jodie Laubenberg
Representative Jeff Leach
Representative Will Metcalf
Representative Morgan Meyer
Representative Rick Miller
Representative Geanie Morrison
Representative Jim Murphy
Representative Andrew Murr
Representative Chris Paddie
Representative Tan Parker
Representative Dennis Paul
Representative Larry Phillips
Representative Debbie Riddle
Representative Matt Rinaldi
Representative Scott Sanford
Representative Mike Schofield
Representative Matt Shaheen
Representative Kenneth Sheets
Representative Ron Simmons
Representative Stuart Spitzer
Representative Drew Springer
Representative Ed Thompson
Representative Scott Turner
Representative Gary VanDeaver
Representative James White
Representative Paul Workman
Representative John Wray