Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘sanctuary cities’ ban into law

Via Facebook Live, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Photo screen grab from Facebook) Photo: Screengrab Facebook Live / Screengrab Facebook Live

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.”

The legislation allows for misdemeanor criminal penalties for law enforcement officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Fines could reach $25,000 for repeat violations…. read more

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (GW) 13 I may shut the sky so that there is no rain, or command grasshoppers to devour the countryside, or send an epidemic among my people. 14 However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country.

1 Timothy 2 (GW) 2 First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, 2 for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior. 4 He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth. 5 There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and humans—a human, Christ Jesus. 6 He sacrificed himself for all people to free them from their sins.

Jeremiah 29:7 Work for the good of the city where I’ve taken you as captives, and pray to the Lord for that city. When it prospers, you will also prosper.

Romans 13:1 Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn’t been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God. 2 Therefore, whoever resists the government opposes what God has established. Those who resist will bring punishment on themselves.

Ephesians 2:18 So Jewish and non-Jewish people can go to the Father in one Spirit. 19 That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God’s people and members of God’s family.

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