Statement by Lt. Governor Patrick on Sanctuary Cities


AUSTIN – “I applaud Governor Abbott’s letter calling on Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to reverse her policy of refusing to automatically detain all criminal immigrants in accordance with federal law.

“As a state senator, I authored legislation to end sanctuary cities in Texas.  As lieutenant governor, I’ve made sanctuary city legislation a priority.

“The Senate and the House have passed bills in the past that never made it through the other chamber.

“As I stated on August 5, I now believe the Senate has the votes to pass a prohibition on sanctuary cities and we will pass this legislation out of the Texas Senate as soon as possible.

“I will ask Governor Abbott to include this as an emergency item for the next legislative session.”