Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a surprise appearance on Facebook Live Sunday night to sign a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities. Senate Bill 4 prohibits local law enforcement agencies from telling officers not to ask someone they’ve detained if he is a citizen. It also requires those agencies to work with federal immigration officials. The law goes into effect on September 1.
No Texas cities have formally declared themselves sanctuary cities. Several have policies that Republicans assert fit the description.
Abbot cited the killing of Kate Steinle. She 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.