Mayor Steve Adler details his D.C. sanctuary city discussion

Mayor Adler on KXAN News Today after trip to D.C. (KXAN photo)
Mayor Adler on KXAN News Today after trip to D.C. (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Tuesday he left a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions believing that the Texas capital isn’t a sanctuary city in the eyes of the federal government.

Adler and other mayors met with Sessions on Tuesday in Washington to get a better understanding of what it means to be considered a “sanctuary community.” The label could cost cities and counties federal grant money as part of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.

Adler said the proposed Texas ‘sanctuary city’ bill in the legislature appears to take further steps than President Donald Trump’s plan.

“What’s happening in the state legislature is taking something that, by federal law, is voluntary and making it mandator, Adler said. “Something that is not enforceable and making it sanctionable. I think that’s not appropriate.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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