Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared a ban on sanctuary cities and sweeping reforms in the state’s troubled child-protection system as top priorities for emergency action this legislative session, reports the Chronicle.
To cheers and a standing ovation as he addressed a joint session of the Legislature, Abbott said elected officials should not have the option of whether to enforce state and federal laws on immigration — an obvious reference to his ongoing fight with Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.
“Elected officials do not to pick and chose which laws to enforce,” Abbott said in his State of the State speech, insisting that state and local officials “must protect Texas” from deadly criminals.
“This will be the session where we ban sanctuary cities,” he said to cheers and a standing ovation as he addressed a joint session of the Legislature.