It’s heating up for Democrats in Texas. On Wednesday Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced her candidacy as a Democrat nominee for governor. Today, Andrew White, the son of the late Governor Mark White, declared his candidacy.
But Valdez is making headlines for another reason: she’s a sanctuary sheriff. In October 2015, she announced she would scale back on immigration holds for jailed illegal aliens sent to her by the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She declared a new policy to no longer hold legal immigrants and illegal aliens for an additional 48 hours who were jailed on minor offenses, as had previously been the standard operating procedure.
According to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Dallas Morning News, her policy aligned Dallas County with 300 other cities and counties in America that have officially refused to cooperate with ICE.
Breitbart News’ Bob Price pointed out at the time that “She did not elaborate on how releasing criminal illegal aliens into the community before ICE is able to determine if there is grounds for detention or deportation makes her community safer.”
Governor Greg Abbott harshly criticized her:
‘Sanctuary City’ policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas. Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans. These detainers provide ICE with the critical notice and time it needs to take incarcerated immigrants into federal custody.
Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans. Now more than ever, it is essential that state, federal, and local law enforcement work collaboratively to protect our fellow Texans and to ensure that our laws are upheld, not disregarded.
Read the full letter: