Greg Abbott on Immigration
Signed the toughest border security law of any state
Signed legislation requiring state agencies to participate in E-Verify to ensure state money goes only to those eligible to work in the United States. Greg Abbott knows that for you to be truly free--for you to succeed at work,
or at school, or as a parent--you need to feel secure. To fight the drug cartels and human traffickers from importing crime into Texas, Greg Abbott signed the toughest border security law of any state.
Source: 2021 TX Gubernatorial campaign website GregAbbott.com
, Oct 1, 2021
Texas must fortify its efforts to secure our border
Public safety also extends to our border. Because of the federal government's open border policies, Texas must fortify its efforts to secure our border.
We already have planes in the air, boots on the ground, boats on the water, and cruisers on the roads. We must expand our efforts to crack down on human trafficking and drug smuggling in Texas.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Texas legislature
, Feb 2, 2021
Require local cooperation enforcing immigration laws
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a sweeping ban on "sanctuary cities" into law on Sunday, giving police officers new authority to question a detained person's immigration status and blocking local entities from passing laws that would prohibit these questions
from officers. "The reason why so many people come to America is because we are the nation of laws," he said, seconds after dotting his signature on Senate Bill 4 on Facebook Live. "Texas is doing its part to keep it that way."
Excerpt from Sen.
Sylvia Garcia statement: "I am afraid that this legislation will lead to harassment and profiling of Latinos. The last thing I want is 'walking while brown' to become reasonable suspicion. And, frankly, it doesn't matter how much this legislation's
supporters promise that this will not happen. It will happen."
Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/3/17; passed House 94-53-1 on Apr/27/17; signed by Governor Greg Abbott May/7/17.
Source: Houston Chronicle on Texas legislative voting record SB4
, May 7, 2017
Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die
It is our burden to deal with the consequences of the federal government not securing the border. Texas can't change federal immigration laws. What Texas can do is to enforce existing law. There are consequences--deadly consequences--to not enforcing
Juan Rios is a criminal alien who had been arrested in Texas multiple times and deported three times. Last September, he went on a crime spree across Texas, killing two people & kidnapping another. It's a tragedy repeated too often in Texas.
It is time for Texas to take a stand.
Some law enforcement officials in Texas are openly refusing to enforce existing law. That is unacceptable. Elected officials don't get to pick and choose which laws they obey.
To protect Texans from deadly danger, we must insist that laws be followed. This is the session we will ban sanctuary cities. I'm declaring this an emergency item.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Texas Legislature
, Jan 31, 2017
Ordered no more Syrian refugee resettlement
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday ordered Texas' refugee resettlement program not to accept any more Syrians. In a letter to Obama,
the Republican also urged scrapping federal plans to accept more Syrian refugees into the country as a whole. He said the federal government can't perform "proper security checks" on Syrians.
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis
, Nov 16, 2015
500 new state troopers plus Texas Rangers at the border
The first step in securing our border is enforcing the rule of law. The last lawsuit that I filed as Attorney General was a lawsuit to stop President Obama's lawless executive action. I'm happy to report that late last night a federal judge halted the
President's executive action plan.
In Texas, we will not sit idly by while the President ignores the law and fails to secure the border. That's why I have a comprehensive border security plan, to more than double current spending on border security.
It adds 500 new state troopers, more Texas Rangers who can focus on corruption, more funding for local law enforcement and more technology to stop transnational criminal activity that threatens every community in Texas.
But the reality is that DPS cannot recruit, train and deploy 500 new troopers overnight. It takes time to ramp up. That's why this morning, I ordered the Texas National Guard to remain deployed on the border until my security plan is implemented.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Texas Legislature
, Feb 17, 2015
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Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
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vs.CEO Glenn Youngkin(R)
A.G. Mark Herring(D)
State Sen. Amanda Chase(I)
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
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State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)
CEO Pete Snyder(R)
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vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
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Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
Mayor Marco Lopez(D)
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vs.State Treasurer Kimberly Yee(R)
vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
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Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
vs.Bob Stefanowski(? R)
Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
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Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
vs.State Rep.Vernon Jones(R)
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Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
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Incumbent Brad Little(R)
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Incumbent J.B. Pritzker(D)
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Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
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Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
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Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
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Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
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