The governor of the southern U.S. state of Texas has signed a law banning so-called sanctuary cities and threatening fines and criminal charges for police departments and officers who refuse to comply with orders from federal immigration agents.
“Texas strongly supports the legal immigration that has been a part of our state from our very beginning. But legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes,” Governor Greg Abbott said.
He added that law enforcement agencies “don’t get to pick and choose which laws they will obey.”
The Republican-led Texas legislature approved the law last week against the objections of Democrats, civil rights groups and an organization of police chiefs representing the state’s largest cities. It is due to go into effect September 1.