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Texas Governor Blocks Sheriff Funds Over 'Sanctuary Cities'

A spokesman for the governor said Tuesday that $1.5 million in previously approved criminal justice grants will no longer go to Travis County

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) delivered his State of the State address in the House chamber of the Texas Capitol Tuesday morning, telling lawmakers to get to work on better funding the state's beleaguered child welfare system and banning so-called "sanctuary cities." (Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017)

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blocked funding for the first time over so-called "sanctuary cities" after Austin's sheriff stopped complying with all federal immigration detainers.

    Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Tuesday that $1.5 million in previously approved criminal justice grants will no longer go to Travis County. The move follows Sheriff Sally Hernandez announcing after President Donald Trump's inauguration that she would stop honoring all immigration holds in her jails.

    That blocked funding in Texas' fifth-largest county is only a fraction of Hernandez's budget but funds programs such as crime victim services and drug treatment courts.

    Abbott has asked the Texas Legislature to prioritize a "sanctuary city" law between now and June. The Republican wants the power to remove locally elected officials and block a wider array of funds.

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