Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Sunday banning sanctuary city policies.
The bill, which passed the Texas legislature earlier in the week, will effectively allow law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status during any detention situation, including during traffic stops.
Police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders who violate the law can see their agencies fined up to $25,000 per day.
Law enforcement officials who violate the law can be removed from office and even face jail time under the statute.
“[The bill] ensures that law enforcement officers in Texas can and will cooperate with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. It also requires sheriffs to honor ICE detainer requests,” Abbott said.
Passage of the law is a major win for the Republican. A similar bill has been considered by the state legislature each year since 2011.
The bill will likely face legal challenges.