Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared a ban on so-called sanctuary cities and sweeping reforms in the state’s troubled child-protection system as top priorities for emergency action this legislative session. To cheers and a standing ovation as he addressed a joint session of the Legislature, Abbott said elected officials should not have the option of whether to

enforce state and federal laws on immigration — an obvious reference to his ongoing fight with Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez. “Elected officials do not to pick and chose which laws to enforce,” Abbott said in his State of the State speech, insisting that state and local officials “must protect Texas” from deadly criminals. READ MORE