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Sheriff Sally Hernandez responds to Gov. Abbott's threats ^ | Jan. 26, 2017 | kvue

Posted on 01/27/2017 8:48:48 AM PST by bgill

Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott informed Hernandez in a three-page letter that her ICE policy would betray her oath to residents of Travis County. He also added that failing to remove the policy before it is enacted on Feb. 1 would run the county the risk of losing grant money from the Criminal Justice Division.

Abbott upped the ante Wednesday by telling Fox News Wednesday that he is working with lawmakers to create legislation that would include civil and criminal penalties for public officials wanting to create sanctuary cities.

Hernandez responded Thursday that she would continue on with her policy because it does not go against the state or federal laws.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: illegals; sanctuarycities
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To: sfl109415

There is a reason Austin is considered the a-hole of Texas.
The Rats think Austin is the only place in Texas worth anything. I’d say it’s probably time to turn it into a pillar of salt.

41 posted on 01/27/2017 9:28:03 AM PST by gibsonguy
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To: bgill

Sanctuary cities aside, just remember that county Sheriffs were likely to be a large part of the resistance to any federally mandated gun registration/confiscation that may or may not have been a concern some years back. They are in the unique position of being able to tell the fedgov to pound sand through selective enforcement or downright “stay out” signs.


42 posted on 01/27/2017 9:32:27 AM PST by petro45acp (" It IS About Islam: exposing the truth about ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the caliphate" by Glenn Beck)
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To: txrefugee

” “B-1” Bob Dornan, former conservative GOP Congressman from CA, how that works. He was defeated by a phony Latina, and many illegal votes made that possible.”

Yes it was Loretta Sanchez. She just ran and lost to Kamela Harris for US Senate for the seat that Barbara Boxer retired from. I think she is still a congress critter.

Point is, that this will happen to America, not just California, if we don’t stop illegal immigration.

43 posted on 01/27/2017 9:36:34 AM PST by stillfree? (Sooooo Deplorable, but more ireedeemable.)
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To: bgill

Sanctuary cities are indeed against federal laws. Little girl needs to check herself

44 posted on 01/27/2017 9:42:25 AM PST by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: bgill

The sheriff’s oath states “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State”

The sheriff is refusing to perform the duty imposed on them by law and violating her oath, which are grounds for removal.


Sec. 87.011 DEFINITIONS (3) “Official misconduct” means intentional, unlawful behavior relating to official duties by an officer entrusted with the administration of justice or the execution of the law. The term includes an intentional or corrupt failure, refusal, or neglect of an officer to perform a duty imposed on the officer by law.

Sec. 87.012. OFFICERS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL. The district judge may, under this subchapter, remove from office (9) a sheriff

Sec. 87.013. GENERAL GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL. (a) An officer may be removed for (2) official misconduct

Sec. 87.015. PETITION FOR REMOVAL. (a) A proceeding for the removal of an officer is begun by filing a written petition for removal in a district court of the county in which the officer resides. (c) The petition must be addressed to the district judge of the court in which it is filed. The petition must set forth the grounds alleged for the removal of the officer in plain and intelligible language and must cite the time and place of the occurrence of each act alleged as a ground for removal with as much certainty as the nature of the case permits.



45 posted on 01/27/2017 9:59:41 AM PST by Ray76 (DRAIN THE SWAMP)
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To: Ray76

Good find.

46 posted on 01/27/2017 10:02:26 AM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: Spktyr
the Legislature is in session this year...

Hide your wallet!

47 posted on 01/27/2017 10:14:12 AM PST by zeugma (I'm going to get fat from all this schadenfreude)
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To: Responsibility2nd
It'd be nice to push that petition to Texas page on FR, every conservative group, the local Tea Party, ALIPAC, Oath Keepers, and every conservative elected official.

Ask for one group to champion the response and coordinate it for all.

That would get the party started. This is the Trump Era (TE).

48 posted on 01/27/2017 10:25:45 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: bgill

A Sheriff is an elected Official in Florida also.

49 posted on 01/27/2017 10:40:07 AM PST by sport
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To: Nifster

No,she does not need to do anything, the Federal Law just needs to be enforced. Enforcing Federal Law, a/k/a , arresting her will solve the problem.

50 posted on 01/27/2017 10:46:17 AM PST by sport
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To: Col Frank Slade

He can’t fire an elected sheriff. She doesn’t answer to the governor. The gov. can cut state funding to Austin to get their attention.

If the sheriff, cities, counties, states and even the feds get to pick and choose what laws they enforce then why could not say Idaho just tell the feds we will not enforce your gun laws here, same difference.

51 posted on 01/27/2017 10:49:55 AM PST by sarge83
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To: Salvavida
This is the Trump Era (TE).


Indeed. I just saw an outstanding comment. So outstanding I made it my tagline


52 posted on 01/27/2017 10:51:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (It's Donald Trump's America and we're just living in it.)
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To: proust

I’d rather have the lady from the short lived series.

Kind of sad that I remember failed sitcoms.

53 posted on 01/27/2017 11:07:25 AM PST by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: sport

Malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of duties.

54 posted on 01/27/2017 11:30:39 AM PST by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and : domestic")
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To: Rannug

Thank you.

55 posted on 01/27/2017 12:20:02 PM PST by sport
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To: bgill; eyeamok
eyeamok you need to offer a retreat to all these puzzle politicians and explain why they don't need a new law.

Shamelessly Stolen from Freeper eyeamok.

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

“Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

• assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or

• encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or

•knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime. Anyone employing or contracting with an illegal alien without verifying his or her work authorization status is guilty of a misdemeanor. Aliens and employers violating immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and seizure of their vehicles or property. In addition, individuals or entities who engage in racketeering enterprises that commit (or conspire to commit) immigration-related felonies are subject to private civil suits for treble damages and injunctive relief.

Recruitment and Employment of Illegal Aliens

It is unlawful to hire an alien, to recruit an alien, or to refer an alien for a fee, knowing the alien is unauthorized to work in the United States. It is equally unlawful to continue to employ an alien knowing that the alien is unauthorized to work. Employers may give preference in recruitment and hiring to a U.S. citizen over an alien with work authorization only where the U.S. citizen is equally or better qualified. It is unlawful to hire an individual for employment in the United States without complying with employment eligibility verification requirements. Requirements include examination of identity documents and completion of Form I-9 for every employee hired. Employers must retain all I-9s, and, with three days’ advance notice, the forms must be made available for inspection. Employment includes any service or labor performed for any type of remuneration within the United States, with the exception of sporadic domestic service by an individual in a private home. Day laborers or other casual workers engaged in any compensated activity (with the above exception) are employees for purposes of immigration law. An employer includes an agent or anyone acting directly or indirectly in the interest of the employer. For purposes of verfication of authorization to work, employer also means an independent contractor, or a contractor other than the person using the alien labor. The use of temporary or short-term contracts cannot be used to circumvent the employment authorization verification requirements. If employment is to be for less than the usual three days allowed for completing the I-9 Form requirement, the form must be completed immediately at the time of hire.

An employer has constructive knowledge that an employee is an illegal unauthorized worker if a reasonable person would infer it from the facts. Constructive knowledge constituting a violation of federal law has been found where (1) the I-9 employment eligibility form has not been properly completed, including supporting documentation, (2) the employer has learned from other individuals, media reports, or any source of information available to the employer that the alien is unauthorized to work, or (3) the employer acts with reckless disregard for the legal consequences of permitting a third party to provide or introduce an illegal alien into the employer’s work force. Knowledge cannot be inferred solely on the basis of an individual’s accent or foreign appearance.

Actual specific knowledge is not required. For example, a newspaper article stating that ballrooms depend on an illegal alien work force of dance hostesses was held by the courts to be a reasonable ground for suspicion that unlawful conduct had occurred.

IT IS ILLEGAL FOR NONPROFIT OR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS to knowingly assist an employer to violate employment sanctions, REGARDLESS OF CLAIMS THAT THEIR CONVICTIONS REQUIRE THEM TO ASSIST ALIENS. Harboring or aiding illegal aliens is not protected by the First Amendment. It is a felony to establish a commercial enterprise for the purpose of evading any provision of federal immigration law. Violators may be fined or imprisoned for up to five years.

Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens

It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. HARBORING MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT TENDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY FACILITATE AN ALIEN TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status.

An employer can be convicted of the felony of harboring illegal aliens who are his employees if he takes actions in reckless disregard of their illegal status, such as ordering them to obtain false documents, altering records, obstructing INS inspections, or taking other actions that facilitate the alien’s illegal employment. Any person who within any 12-month period hires ten or more individuals with actual knowledge that they are illegal aliens or unauthorized workers is guilty of felony harboring. It is also a felony to encourage or induce an alien to come to or reside in the U.S. knowing or recklessly disregarding the fact that the alien’s entry or residence is in violation of the law. This crime applies to any person, rather than just employers of illegal aliens. Courts have ruled that “encouraging” includes counseling illegal aliens to continue working in the U.S. or assisting them to complete applications with false statements or obvious errors. The fact that the alien is a refugee fleeing persecution is not a defense to this felony, since U.S. law and the UN Protocol on Refugees both require that a refugee must report to immigration authorities without delay upon entry to the U.S.

The penalty for felony harboring is a fine and imprisonment for up to five years. The penalty for felony alien smuggling is a fine and up to ten years’ imprisonment. Where the crime causes serious bodily injury or places the life of any person in jeopardy, the penalty is a fine and up to twenty years’ imprisonment. If the criminal smuggling or harboring results in the death of any person, the penalty can include life imprisonment. Convictions for aiding, abetting, or conspiracy to commit alien smuggling or harboring, carry the same penalties. Courts can impose consecutive prison sentences for each alien smuggled or harbored. A court may order a convicted smuggler to pay restitution if the alien smuggled qualifies as a victim under the Victim and Witness Protection Act. Conspiracy to commit crimes of sheltering, harboring, or employing illegal aliens is a separate federal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or five years’ imprisonment.


A person or entity having knowledge of a violation or potential violation of employer sanctions provisions may submit a signed written complaint to the INS office with jurisdiction over the business or residence of the potential violator, whether an employer, employee, or agent. The complaint must include the names and addresses of both the complainant and the violator, and detailed factual allegations, including date, time, and place of the potential violation, and the specific conduct alleged to be a violation of employer sanctions. By regulation, the INS will only investigate third-party complaints that have a reasonable probability of validity. Designated INS officers and employees, and all other officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws, may make an arrest for violation of smuggling or harboring illegal aliens.

State and local law enforcement officials have the general power to investigate and arrest violators of federal immigration statutes without prior INS knowledge or approval, as long as they are authorized to do so by state law. There is no extant federal limitation on this authority. The 1996 immigration control legislation passed by Congress was intended to encourage states and local agencies to participate in the process of enforcing federal immigration laws. Immigration officers and local law enforcement officers may detain an individual for a brief warrantless interrogation where circumstances create a reasonable suspicion that the individual is illegally present in the U.S. Specific facts constituting a reasonable suspicion include evasive, nervous, or erratic behavior; dress or speech indicating foreign citizenship; and presence in an area known to contain a concentration of illegal aliens. Hispanic appearance alone is not sufficient. Immigration officers and police must have a valid warrant or valid employer’s consent to enter workplaces or residences. Any vehicle used to transport or harbor illegal aliens, or used as a substantial part of an activity that encourages illegal aliens to come to or reside in the U.S. may be seized by an immigration officer and is subject to forfeiture. The forfeiture power covers any conveyances used within the U.S.

RICO — Citizen Recourse

Private persons and entities may initiate civil suits to obtain injunctions and treble damages against enterprises that conspire to or actually violate federal alien smuggling, harboring, or document fraud statutes, under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO). The pattern of racketeering activity is defined as commission of two or more of the listed crimes. A RICO enterprise can be any individual legal entity, or a group of individuals who are not a legal entity but are associated in fact, AND CAN INCLUDE NONPROFIT ASSOCIATIONS.

Tax Crimes

Employers who aid or abet the preparation of false tax returns by failing to pay income or Social Security taxes for illegal alien employees, or who knowingly make payments using false names or Social Security numbers, are subject to IRS criminal and civil sanctions. U.S. nationals who have suffered intentional discrimination because of citizenship or national origin by an employer with more than three employees may file a complaint within 180 days of the discriminatory act with the Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, U.S. Department of Justice. In additon to the federal statutes summarized, state laws and local ordinances controlling fair labor practices, workers compensation, zoning, safe housing and rental property, nuisance, licensing, street vending, and solicitations by contractors may also apply to activities that involve illegal aliens.

22 posted on 1/26/2017, 6:39:44 AM by eyeamok (destruction of government

56 posted on 01/28/2017 8:29:54 AM PST by itsahoot (Return the power to the people, and Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%)
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To: txrefugee
He was defeated by a phony Latina, and many illegal votes made that possible.

You have to give credit where credit is due. His friends in the House helped Loretta a little.

57 posted on 01/28/2017 8:33:35 AM PST by itsahoot (Return the power to the people, and Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%)
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To: Mr. K; eyeamok
How does it not go against Federal law?

Well in fact it does, but apparently there are no lawyers working for the good Governor or any other week minded Congressman that actually put those laws on the books. Guess they need an Attorney General to reveal those laws, or maybe they could read Freeper eyeamok's post.

58 posted on 01/28/2017 8:37:25 AM PST by itsahoot (Return the power to the people, and Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%)
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To: bgill
Gov. Goodhair Perry could have done something all those years he was governor but didn’t lift a finger.

Well he did give instate tuition(more likely free) to illegals because he had a heart and you didn't.

59 posted on 01/28/2017 8:40:36 AM PST by itsahoot (Return the power to the people, and Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%)
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To: itsahoot

Free. My heart wasn’t so generous when we scrimped and saved for years to put every dime into sending kiddo to college. You get one guess who the roommate was. Yep, full ride just because of illegal status.

60 posted on 01/28/2017 8:47:48 AM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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