Texas: ‘Show Us Your Papers’

The U.S. Lab for Bad Policy

The U.S. Lab for Bad Policy continues to excel in bad policy:

(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in his state.

The bill, which Abbott could be seen signing on Facebook Live Sunday evening, establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don’t comply with immigration laws and detention requests, the governor’s office said.

The new measure would fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated.

It would also result in a misdemeanor charge for sheriffs, police chiefs and constables who fail to comply with detention requests and in removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott’s office said.

So Texas small gubmint conservatives are not inflexible, it seems. Now, when Texas’ Lege find a dusky person not being persecuted by the locals, they are able to bring down the hammer. That is the Triple Salchow of Doublespeak right there.

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7 Responses to Texas: ‘Show Us Your Papers’

  1. apacapacas says:

    Why aren’t Republicans ashamed of themselves?


  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    This law is a boon for domestic abusers and witness tamperers.


  3. badtux99 says:

    This law violates the Texas Constitution, which only allows removing officials upon impeachment. But hey, a constitution is only paper, right?


  4. Pupienus Maximus says:

    The same anti-nig-gubblemint lege that outlawed local fracking bans. The same pro-business lege that’s spinning furiously to prevent a privately funded high speed rail line twixt Dallas and Houston because reasons.

    “As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ’em anyway, you don’t belong in office.” –
    Molly Ivins


  5. A.J. says:

    The Texas ledge’ knows they need to spend more on K-12 classrooms, know they are going to have Constitutional arguments over public money used to pay for private and religious schools, know they are facing rising Medicaid expenses, know they have a very troubled foster care system, and know that they now face the reality that expanding property tax cuts have already cost the state billions. And they spend time on this?

    Like transgender bathrooms, this is a solution looking for a problem. A solution where they decide to “fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated”? As if those entities don’t already have problems, problems for which they are asking the state for help. This is a solution? To fine themselves?


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