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Travis Co. Sheriff lays out ICE policy

On the day of President Trump's inauguration, Sheriff Sally Hernandez laid out the new immigration detainer policy for Travis County.

When she campaigned for the position last year Sheriff Hernandez, a Democrat, said she wanted to prevent Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) from coming into county jails to deport immigrants, saying wanted those who are found innocent to be released.

In a video statement, Sheriff Hernandez says Travis County will collaborate with the federal agency. But, goes on to say that she will comply with ICE detainers in very specific instances like when the individual is charged or convicted of murder or aggravated assault.

The sheriff's office will decline the detainer if a court later vacates the judicial warrant request or the person's conviction and/or sentence is overturned, a memo detailing the policy states.

She also says that her department will not assist in the enforcement of immigration laws.

These limitations might get Travis County in financial trouble. A current Texas Senate bill would limit state grant funds for any municipality that "prohibits or discourages" the enforcement of immigration laws.

The policy will go into effect February 1. Click here to read it in full.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted Friday evening that his office will cut funding to Travis County for adopting "sanctuary" polices.


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