DALLAS — Today Governor Greg Abbott threatened to withhold grant funds from Texas Sheriff Departments who refuse to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE".) [Dallas Morning News,November 4, 2015]
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:
“Governor Abbott’s threats are misguided and misleading. He fails to acknowledge that ICE has already approved the immigration policy enforced by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. He also fails to acknowledge that our sheriff is not releasing immigrants who pose a threat."
"Abbott's characterization of immigrants jailed for traffic violations as 'dangerous' is baseless and only adds fuel to misplaced anti-Latino sentiment. There is no justification for requiring Dallas County taxpayers to foot the bill for holding non-dangerous offenders whose release dates have passed. Abbott does not offer to reimburse counties for these post-release holds, nor does he offer to reimburse counties who get sued for holding human beings past their release date."?
"We support Sheriff Valdez, and we support local control. Before he was elected Governor of Texas, Abbott also supported local control. He needs to back off and let Sheriff Valdez do her job, protecting the citizens of Dallas County.”