Immigration reform has been an incredibly hot topic since the November elections.

Democrats and illegal immigrants have been “protesting” by skipping work and demonstrating in the streets, often violently.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media covers the “controversy” every time agencies like ICE do their job and enforce federal laws.

One state though is standing up to say they’ve finally had enough.

Texas will be the first state to mirror federal laws which prohibit “sanctuary cities” since President Trump was elected.

“Sanctuary cities” are cities where the local government has committed itself to protecting illegal immigrants from deportation, and sometimes even from prosecution of other crimes in the process.

Some cities do this by making it their policy to not report immigrants to the federal government when proof of their illegal status arises.

Others go as far as to not report any “non-violent” crimes committed by immigrants, for fear that the court proceedings will lead to deportation down the line. Crimes spanning from driving without insurance, tax evasion, identity theft, and more go unreported in these cities.

But Texas is going in the opposite direction.

By enforcing federal law at the state level, the state can now intervene directly when any city attempts to circumvent the law in this manner.

But the usual protestors did not stand silently by when this happened.

Fox News reported:

Protests erupted in the Texas capitol building on Monday over Gov. Greg Abbott’s new law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities,’ interrupting the final day in this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature.

Hundreds of protesters chanted in opposition to the new law, forcing House leadership to stop the session and send state troopers to clear the gallery. 

Activists wearing red T-shirts reading “Lucha,” or “Fight,” quietly filled hundreds of gallery seats as proceedings began. After about 40 minutes, they began to cheer, drowning out the lawmakers below.

Some protesters held banners that said, “See you in court” and “See you at the polls,” while others chanted “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. SB-4 has got to go.”

The demonstration continued for about 20 minutes as officers led people out of the chamber peacefully in small groups. There were no reports of arrests.

Threats to sue states and even federal agencies for enforcing their own laws, while ridiculous, are becoming common.

Immigrant organizations that want to get around the rule are hoping to garner sympathy from activist judges as more and more sectors of the United States government, both federal and local, become fed up with the crime which begins with crossing the border illegally and often does not stop until a tragedy such as a murder occurs.

Earlier this year, organizations in support of illegal immigration and mayors of several sanctuary cities around the country threatened to sue several sections of the Trump administration — over its threat to deny federal funding to their cities until they came into compliance with federal immigration law.

It is insane that entire local governments have taken to fighting law enforcement in the courts, instead of trying the crimes that law enforcement catches.

Governor Abbott echoed those sentiments after the protests in the Texas Capitol.

Fox News reported:

Abbott signed SB-4 into law earlier this month in an effort to remain consistent with federal immigration law. The law effectively bans sanctuary city policies in Texas and gives law enforcement officers the ability to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day.

“What it means is that no county, no city, no governmental body in the state of Texas can adopt any policy that provides sanctuary, and second, what it means, is that law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs, are going to be required to comply with ICE detainer requests,” Abbott said on “Fox & Friends” the day after signing the bill into law.

He added, “Isn’t it quasi-insane that we have to pass a law to force law enforcement officers to comply with the law?”

The law goes into effect September 1st.

Opponents’ threats to sue may be loud, but Abbott is convinced it will stand, as attempts were made to keep the bill in compliance with Supreme Court guidelines which were handed down after Arizona’s immigration crackdown in 2010.

 

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