For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2017
Contact: Sam Robles
WDP Responds to Governor’s Attacks on Travis Co. Sheriff’s ICE Policy
Texas Tribune: “Gov. Abbot demands Travis County reverse new “sanctuary” policy”
WDP: Travis County voters supported Sheriff’s ICE policy, Governor’s actions harmful to public safety and county taxpayers.
Austin — Today Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s recent attacks against Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez. On Friday, Sheriff Hernandez announced a new policy limiting collaboration between the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“Travis County voters elected Sally Hernandez because she promised to reform the county’s ICE policy and she has delivered on that promise,” said Garza. “Indiscriminately cComplying with all ICE detainers sows distrust between local law enforcement and the public and costs county taxpayers millions of dollars each year. WDP applauds Sheriff Hernandez for standing up to Governor Abbott and taking steps to keep our communities safe.”
Governor Abbott has threatened to withhold $1.8 million in grant funds should Sheriff Hernandez not reverse her policy. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards, a state agency, reports that Travis that compliance with ICE detainer requests cost Travis County over $600,000 a month. In addition, local governments across the country have faced lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of ICE detainer requests, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement costs and legal fees.