Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed the toughest anti-sanctuary city law in the United States. It goes into effect on September 1.
Abbot cited the killing of Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. “Texas will not be complicit in endangering our citizens in the way Kate Steinle was endangered,” Abbott said.
Law enforcement agencies face up to $1,500 in fines for first violations. The fines rise to $25,500 for later violations. Each day a city continues preventing officers from asking about citizenship constitutes a separate violation. Heads of offending law enforcement agencies may lose their jobs and be charged with a misdemeanor.
ACLU Texas called the law “an assault on humanity” and promised to challenge it.