Yearly Archives: 2017

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘sanctuary cities’ bill into law

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks on the first day of the 85th Legislature on January 10, 2017. [Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune]

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

Patrick Svitek | Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” into law on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

“Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a brief video address on Facebook. Abbott signed the bill without advance notice in a five-minute live broadcast on the social media site, avoiding protests a customary public signing might have drawn.

“We’re going to where most people are getting their news nowadays and talking directly to them instead of speaking through a filter,” said John Wittman, a spokesman for Abbott.

Across the state line in New Mexico, both the city of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County have adopted policies that forbid police and sheriff’s officers from inquiring about immigration status.

NM teams compete to bring solar power to underserved communities

Teams in New Mexico are competing for $1 million in prize money to bring solar to lower-income communities. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Brett McPherson | Public News Service

SANTA FE – Low- and moderate-income households represent 40 percent of America’s population, but less than 5 percent of all solar customers. A national competition is underway to change that, by expanding affordable solar-power access.

A half-dozen teams from New Mexico are among 48 teams from 23 states and Washington, D.C., selected to compete for $1 million in prize money.

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