Is Travis County Refusing To Hold Violent Criminals For ICE?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensJune 14, 2017 11:29 am| ,

Gov. Greg Abbott says that Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has announced that she will not detain criminals convicted of violent crimes whose detention is sought by Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials. Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

In May, when Abbott took to Facebook Live to sign Senate Bill 4 – the anti-sanctuary cities proposal – into law, he said the bill was needed because of policies put in place by officials like Hernandez. SB 4 requires local jurisdictions to honor federal requests to detain individuals suspected of violating immigration laws.

“This law cracks down on policies like the Travis County Sheriff, who declared that she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes,” Abbott said.

Hear how Abbott’s claim scored in the audio player above.