Texas governor says he will ban sanctuary cities

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is pledging to ban sanctuary cities in his state even as other governors and mayors promise to continue sheltering illegal immigrants.

“I’m going to sign a law that bans sanctuary cities,” Abbott tweeted on Sunday.

“Also I’ve already issued an order cutting funding to sanctuary cities.”

{mosads}Abbott was responding to a Twitter user who questioned whether the Texas governor could do anything to reverse Austin’s pledge to remain a sanctuary city.

During his presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport millions of immigrants.

He said during an interview shortly after his victory he would prioritize deporting or jailing any undocumented immigrants who were members of gangs or had criminal records.

He also vowed during the campaign to block federal dollars from cities that give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

Democratic governors and mayors signaled earlier this month that they will not go along with the Trump administration’s plans.

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