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The Brief: Travis County's 'sanctuary city' policy begins today

A controversial policy that's provoked the ire of Republicans is set to go into effect today in Travis County. Here's what you need to know about the latest sanctuary city fight.

Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

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What you need to know

A controversial policy that reduces Travis County's cooperation with federal immigration officials goes into effect today. Here's why it's drawn ire from Texas Republicans and what we're watching next:  

  • Newly-elected Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is maintaining a campaign promise. Hernandez's office announced earlier this year it would stop holding inmates flagged by federal immigration enforcement for potential deportation.
  • What is a sanctuary city? There's no official definition, but the term generally applies to cities that prohibit or limit local law enforcement from working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain immigrants flagged by the federal agency. 
  • Gov. Greg Abbott has taken a hard line on the issue. In addition to threatening to revoke state funding, Abbott has suggested officials who promote sanctuary cities should be removed from office. He also made banning sanctuary cities an emergency item this legislative session. 

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What we're reading

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Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick: A solidly conservative career, Roll Call

After a Tough Week, Media Scores Texas High Court Win, Texas Lawyer ($)

Veterans protest travel ban, saying it hurts interpreters, The Midland Reporter-Telegram

More than 1,000 gather at Texas A&M campus to protest travel ban, The Eagle

What Led to the ‘Broken’ Foster Care System in Texas, KUT

Big Oil Roars Back, Texas Monthly

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DFW business reaction to Trump immigration ban: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, The Dallas Morning News ($)

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Officer wounded during Dallas ambush: 'We're all still grieving', The Dallas Morning News ($)

For your calendar 

The Texas Tribune is holding a conversation with former U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist at 8 a.m. today at The Austin Club. Watch live here

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Photo of the day

Supporters form a human chain around people participating in Texas Muslim Day at the Capitol. Photo by Laura Skelding. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"School choice is not about advocating for one form of education over another. It is not about choosing private over public. Rather, school choice is about empowering parents with access to the best educational setting for their child — no matter where they live or how much money they make."

Randan Steinhauser of EdChoice via TribTalk

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