If the Democratic candidate for sheriff of Travis County has her way, Austin, Texas, will become the first sanctuary city in Texas.
You heard right. The deep blue pocket in arguably the most Republican state in the country is going to be taking its progressive agenda one step further. According to The Texas Tribune, one of the main issues of the 2016 Travis County sheriff’s election is whether or not to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement by detaining undocumented immigrants for pick-up by federal officials. The current sheriff of Travis County, Democrat Greg Hamilton, fully complies with ICE officials and allows for county jails to hold undocumented immigrants while they wait to be picked up for deportation.
“I just don’t think you solve the criminal justice process by deporting them,” Democratic candidate Sally Hernandez told The Texas Tribune.
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“We talk about being progressive,” Hernandez added. “I believe we need to lead the way.”
The current race for sheriff of Travis County is between Democrat Sally Hernandez and Republican Joe Martinez. While both of the candidates are running on platforms to better the lives of undocumented immigrants in Travis County, there is a clear difference. Hernandez is in favor of adopting a complete sanctuary city status for Austin, and Martinez wants to decrease the scope of Travis County’s compliance with ICE by only detaining the worst criminals.
“How can you release somebody back into the population to do more harm,” Martinez told The Texas Tribune.
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“Where is it going to stop? When you hurt or maim and kill somebody? An American citizen or another immigrant? The federal government has a job to do,” Martinez added. “Let’s let them do their job.”
You can read the full story on The Texas Tribune here.