Dallas County, Texas is the second largest county in the state of Texas with a population of 2.3 million people. It’s also the ninth most populated county in the country. Thirty-eight percent of the county’s population is Hispanic so it shouldn’t be any surprise to learn that the county sheriff is a Hispanic Democrat by the name of Lupe Valdez.
Valdez has recently stirred up a hornet’s nest by announcing that her sheriff’s department will not enforce federal immigration requests to detain illegals in her county if they do not pose a risk to the safety of the public. Basically, Valdez planned to make Dallas County, including the city of Dallas, a sanctuary safe haven for illegals.
Valdez’s statement is not setting well with Gov. Greg Abbott, a conservative Republican. Even though Abbott’s wife Cecilia is Hispanic, he is adamant about enforcing immigration laws and wants desperately to stop the flow of illegals across the Texas border.
In response to Sheriff Valdez’s announcement, Abbott sent her a letter that reads in part:
“Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans. Policies like yours compel Texas to take action to protect Texans’ safety and to reduce the costs that those policies may impose on Texas taxpayers.”
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