Abbott warns sheriffs over immigration

Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott waves to the crows before his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis to win the race for Texas governor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUSTIN (KXAN)- Money meant for sheriff’s departments across the state could be in jeopardy.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he will withhold funding if sheriffs don’t comply with immigration laws.

Federal workers want county jails to hold undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

Governor Abbott acted after Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez refused to participate in the Federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s program.

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