More than a year before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott punished Austin's Travis County — yanking away $1.5 million in state grants — for scaling back cooperation with federal immigration officials, he fired a warning shot toward Dallas County. “'Sanctuary City' policies,” Abbott wrote to Sheriff Lupe Valdez, “will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” The same day Abbott wrote that letter, 16 former inmates with federal detainers sued Dallas County in federal court, accusing the county of violating their constitutional . . .
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