Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has threatened to cut funding for one county after its sheriff announced that it would be scaling back its cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced last week that she will scale back the amount of assistance her department provides federal immigration agents in detaining suspects who may be illegal immigrants.
Travis County, Texas, includes the city of Austin within its limits, and is where the Texas State Capitol is located.
Republicans in the Texas legislature in Austin are gearing up for a new fight to ban sanctuary cities in the current legislative session.
When Gov. Abbott learned about Hernandez’s announcement, he tweeted that his office “will cut funding for Travis County adopting sanctuary policies. Stiffer penalties coming.”
Travis County could lose up to $1.8 million in Texas state grants because the governor’s office requires strict compliance in order for a county to receive grant funding.
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