Texas sheriff battles GOP governor over sanctuary city law

Texas sheriff battles GOP governor over sanctuary city law
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A Texas sheriff is battling back against Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) law banning so-called sanctuary cities across the state.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez says she is joining every major police chief in the state in opposing the new law, which Abbot signed Sunday in a private ceremony broadcast on Facebook Live.

"I believe that this law encourages racial profiling," Hernandez told CBS News, accusing Abbott of spreading "misinformation based on fear."

During the law's signing, Abbott singled Hernandez out for criticism, saying he is seeking to mitigate "policies" she has espoused.

"This law cracks down on policies like the Travis County sheriff, who declared that she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes," Abbott said on Facebook.

"This law does not keep our community safe; in fact, it goes against public safety," Hernandez argued.

Travis County, which includes the state capital of Austin, is one of the most populous counties in the state. But other police chiefs around the state signaled heavy opposition to Abbott's new law.

"Violent crime is on rise across our nation & some would rather men & women in blue go after cooks and nannies, instead of hardened criminals," tweeted Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. 

The police chiefs have vowed to join the American Civil Liberties Union in fighting the law in court, but they say they won't directly oppose Abbott.

"I will not violate the law," Hernandez said.

The new law goes in to effect Sept. 1.