Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on Sunday a measure to punish ''sanctuary cities,'' despite a plea from police chiefs of the state's biggest cities to halt the bill they say will hinder their ability to fight crime. Nathan Frandino reports.
There were protests outside, but they didn't stop Texas Governor Greg Abbott inside, from signing the state's anti-sanctuary cities bill into law. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREG ABBOTT, TEXAS GOVERNOR, SAYING: "Texans expect us to keep them safe and that's exactly what we are going to do." With the signing, police will now be able to ask people about their immigration status during lawful detentions, including for minor infractions. Any officer found not cooperating with requests from immigration agents could also be punished. President Trump has made combating illegal immigration a priority. Though his own executive order seeking to withhold funds from sanctuary cities is currently being held up in court. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt warns that the Texas law could lead to unconstitutional racial profiling and widen the gap between police and immigrant communities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH ECKHARDT, TRAVIS COUNTY JUDGE, SAYING: "Even the native born are in fear that they are going to be pulled over and asked by a police officer whether they belong here or not." The law will take effect September 1st.