In spite of a presidential Executive Order-inspired ramp-up in immigration law enforcement efforts, many Texas county jails continue to struggle with a diminished population and growing debts. Detention centers have few, if any prisoners to fill their cellblocks.
The ongoing “sanctuary city” battle between Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez and Texas Governor Greg Abbott continues. Now, others are joining the ongoing battle.
As various local law enforcement agencies in Texas refuse to cooperate with increased federal immigration enforcement, 16 are taking a different stand.
When President Donald Trump requested that federal immigration agents step up deportations, arrests have significantly increased. However, a prominent judge is taking issue with the strategies employed in tracking down and arresting undocumented immigrants.
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President Trump’s immigration crackdown could see numbers far surpass the more than 350,000 undocumented immigrants detained between October 2015 and September 2016. A backlog of those seeking asylum, violating visas and facing criminal charges wait for their cases to be heard. Eligible for bail, but unable to pay, their fear and frustration are forcing these detainees to seek help.
Uncertainty continues to reign as efforts to enforce federal immigration law continue. The Trump administration continues to clash with state, county and city governments. The White House wants enforcement of immigration laws while more localized entities prefer to continue the status-quo of sanctuary policies.
Several years ago, an El Paso County resident filed a lawsuit that accused sheriffs’ deputies of conducting immigration checks at roadside checkpoints. The suit was settled in 2006. The county sheriff’s department was required have written policies that prohibit deputies from enforcing civil immigration law.
Immigration detainers have become a prominent issue in the ban on Texas-based sanctuary cities and the showdown between Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sherriff Sally Hernandez. The county is part of a 300-member contingent of law enforcement agencies nationwide vowing to limit cooperation with notifications that could lead to deportation.
History was ready to repeat. One weekend filled with uncertainty, chaos and protests was about to spill over into a second weekend. However, a Friday night ruling from yet another federal judge created uncertainty in the White House.