Sheriff Rejects Body Armor For Deputies To Avoid Cooperating With ICE

A Texas sheriff refused to sign a letter agreeing to hold arrested illegal immigrants for ICE.

​Austin, TX – Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies lost the opportunity to receive lifesaving ballistic vests, after the department’s sheriff decided it was more important to shield illegal immigrants from federal agents.

The vests were made available through a unanimously approved state Senate bill in 2017, which allocated $25 million to help Texas law enforcement agencies to purchase the gear for their officers in the wake of the July 7, 2016 police ambush in Dallas that left five officers dead, KXAN reported.

In January, Governor Abbot declared that $23 million in grants from the fund would be dispersed to buy 33,000 vests for over 450 law enforcement departments who had applied. Every agency that applied was accepted.

The vests are designed to protect against more powerful rounds than the low-caliber bullet vests commonly issued to Texas law enforcement officers.

The applications, which were due by Sep. 6, 2017, required agency leaders to “sign a letter confirming compliance with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detainer request both now and during the grant term of at least one year,” Travis County Commissioner’s Court records said, according to KXAN.

Project Manager Valerie Hollier planned to apply for the grant in the amount of $240,000, in order to purchase over 200 rifle-resistant vests for Travis County.

“It is anticipated the number of fatal shootings will be reduced by equipping more officers with type III & IV body armor,” Hollier wrote in her recommendations for seeking the grant.

The only other requirement needed to complete the application was a written commitment from TCSO Sheriff Sally Hernandez, agreeing to hold arrested illegal immigrants for ICE.

But the sheriff refused.

According to county documents, Sheriff Hernandez said she wanted to see whether or not a law banning sanctuary cities would be upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals before she would decide if she was required to cooperate with ICE.

Regardless of the appeals court’s ruling, the case is widely anticipated to proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to KXAN, a TCSO spokesman said that the sheriff is in compliance with the law at this time, but that she won’t commit to cooperating with ICE long-term.

In the meantime, TCSO will not be receiving rifle-resistant vests.

Sheriff Hernandez declined to comment on the issue, KXAN reported.

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Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

Well this decision should show you who s side she will be on when they tough shooting pops up. SMH!!!

Joyful noise
Joyful noise

How dare she make that decision for all of Travis county law enforcement officers?? She is choosing illegal immigrants over the protection of law enforcement!!

bronx163
bronx163

You dont get to pick and choose what laws you respect. Sheriff is a fucking liberal shit head.
They should lock her up for conspiracy to rebel against federal law and supremecy clause of constitution.
Lock up sheriffs and chiefs and police commisioners who order their cops to not allow ice to enforce federal law.

JBo
JBo

This is what happens when a sheriff stops being a cop and becomes a politician. Evidently, she's never had someone take a shot at her.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

It would be great if the officers would still be able to receive them or purchase them at a significantly reduced rate. They have proven to save lives. Perhaps Hernandez doesn't really care about the officers families and is willing to pay out WC claims and benefits itself. Personally, the Governor should step in and demand they be given out. Hernandez needs to go or............be first officer on scene and take the lead.

withtheblue
withtheblue

She need to be removed from office for putting the lives of her law enforcement officers at risk. Despicable sheriff she is. I would request a transfer if I were them!

Flycaster
Flycaster

Of God forbid one of her officers is killed by the type of weapons that these vests would have prevented, she should be charged with murder

Betts1221
Betts1221

The family of the next police officer who is shot to death should use the police department and this socialist democratic Sheriff for everything penny they can get. That's pretty damn bad when this Sheriff puts "not wanting to offend illegal immigrants" ahead of protecting the lives of our police officers. But then that's the pc minded socialist democrats for you.

skullman
skullman

Another fucking idiot. The deputies there can be certain she will not back them on jack shit if she not willing to uphold the law.

rovaz
rovaz

If she cannot uphold the letter of the Law then she must quite Law Enforcement. She has to turn in her badge and someone else to take over.

Veronica71
Veronica71

She should be held responsible for every officer who is seriously harmed or killed. The families should file wrongful harm/death suits against her

LmRoberts
LmRoberts

Simple, fire her for lack of confidence and violating her oath of office, hire a cop who will follow the law and their oath, and pass out the vest to the men and women in the field.

Redeagle1775
Redeagle1775

Before younattack her due to racial bias. I would say i commend her for this. The federal government should not force a department to comply with a political agenda to receive federal funding for life saving gear. She is doing exactly what half of germany should have done in the late 1930s but unfortunately like most americans now the german public masses where manipulated by media and propoganda to rally a bandwagon against those of jewish ethnicity. Most of the cartel activity is being orchestrated by us government players who are selling out the people of the world. I am sworn and an oathkeeper. I have no personal opinion only my ability to anylise all facts and intelligence available. I myself im cherokee italian. This is the reality this ice campaign is directly connected to the corruption within the governemnt john f kennedy warned us about 7 days befor his assaination. Majority of all our nations problems have been engineered since ve day in wwii by our enemies to undermign us from within. Plenty of focumented evidence has been collected to prove this. And identifybthose directly responsible for sept 11. There was nothingbof interest in afghanistan other than opium. Since 2001 the crossroads of america have been plagued with opient related crimes and deaths. Its time to wake the world up.

kenb
kenb

What in the hell is racial about obeying the law. You cannot cherry pick which laws you will abide by. It doesn't work that way. She either needs to uphold the law which she took an oath to uphold or go sell Tupperware.

MckTsh
MckTsh

What in the world is wrong with this sheriff? Her prority in office is the life of her men, up holding the law and protecting the legal citizens of her jurisdication. If her decision is due to protecting illegal aliens, she needs to be removed from office immediately since she is not doing her job. And if her decision was due to her favoring illegal aliens because they are hispanic; she's definitely needs to be removed from office immediately for being racist. Shame on her!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

The deputies need to SUE her ass for VIOLATING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS!

chrisbda76
chrisbda76

This woman would much rather protect the rights of people here illegally (criminals) rather than protect our brothers in uniform. Obviously, she’s perfectly fine with staring our brother’s family members in the eyes when something happens to them as a result of not having the rifle vests. I truly hope and pray nothing happens to them but if something does, their blood will be on her hands! Absolutely pathetic!! If she’s an elected official, she needs to be voted out or be forced out!

makinbakin
makinbakin

somebody needs to bitch slap you so you will pull your head out of that dumb ass of yours. this woman was sworn to uphold the laws of this state and the US Constitution. you rather see her officers get killed than the illegals get arrested. btw,you are not an oath keeper but coward snowflake. an oath keeper will protect and defend the US Constitution and the laws of this country, so sit down and STFU. OATH KEEPER MY ASS!!!

Beckys
Beckys

I have heard from a friend , retired police officer from there that she is non cooperative and does not want to engage in the public relations part. I think she should be fired immediately, shame on her. But then again Austin is becoming the California.

Susank
Susank

The hits on Google all seemed self congratulatory, or describing her landslide victory over 12yr incumbent. She won on supporting illegal immigrants over us citizens.
I can only imagine how tough it is in that organization, and hope they stay safe, in spite of her.

Blueline4life039
Blueline4life039

The law is the law. We can’t pick and choose which ones we agree with. We put that uniform on and walk that line to serve, save and protect! How can we begin to do this without proper equipment. This woman should be gone! Maybe she, somehow, has never been to an officers funeral or have heard a last call. She should be forced to listen to a few and go to a few funerals. Maybe, after she looks into the eyes of a lost and depressed spouse, maybe then her feelings will change.

rover77
rover77

when ideology matters more than lives

MSK
MSK

This is pathetic and disgusting. The socialist democratic politician they are referring to as the sheriff should be removed from her post immediately for violating her oath of office. She is a disgrace! I’m sure she swore to uphold the laws of Texas and the laws and Constitution of the United States and she is refusing to do that. God forbid one of the deputy sheriffs is injured or killed as a result of her love and devotion to illegal immigrants. Their blood will be on her hands.

TopCop72
TopCop72

She'll be looking for a new job new term, I hope

CATHE
CATHE

Where do these people get off risking the lives of their officers over ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? If she can't comply with federal law, arrest her. I am sick of this crap. Who does she think she is?

Meganzack
Meganzack

Well, that was a year ago. What has happened since? Did she reverse the policy? And what kind of brain-dead people elected her, anyway?

RunCop
RunCop

Why are liberal puke women so butt ugly ? And why does this liberal puke 'sheriff' love illegal criminals over her officers?

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid liberal puke!

juneamy
juneamy

Well said <3

Bcad0910
Bcad0910

This woman ought to be ashamed of herself. She doesn't deserve that uniform, she shouldn't even have the title as sheriff, hell she wouldn't even deserve to have a title as custodian for the department. I think she picked the wrong career.

Zuzanka
Zuzanka

First thing that came to my mind after reading the article and studying that face....another confused gender. This creature is in a wrong body and wrong uniform and our quotas and liberal education allowed her to get to the job she is completely unfit for. Who does she think she is? She has no clue herself.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Leftist politicizing of the police is happening full throttle. Ditto with the military. They already own the corrupt news media, the educational system, Hollywood, and some corporations like Google and Facebook. The long march of the Cultural Marxists to destroy our society, morals, and culture and replace it with one conforming to their own radical views is in the home stretch.

Jeffreyp
Jeffreyp

And, once again we find a Suit more concerned about anything and everything other than their officers. She should be voted out, probably impeached. She won't be.

Johnnyoski552
Johnnyoski552

Hey Travis County Deputies! Rockwall County is hiring and you’ll get issued a heavy vest and helmet!

arj190
arj190

Sounds to me like it's about time for a "New Sheriff in Town".... The Alamo fighters must be turning in their graves to see this in their beloved Texas.... :(

Mic911
Mic911

Hope to God nothing happens to any of the deputies, if so, their blood is on your hands Sheriff. You do not deserve to wear the uniform or badge!

bigralph
bigralph

Sheriff you are a true peace of garbage. How do you live with yourself you Liberal bitch? Who voted you in? You do not deserve to wear a badge or represent anyone.

Matt haines
Matt haines

Throw her dumb ass in a nail cell with the illegals she wants to protect, and see how that works out for her

Matt haines
Matt haines

Jail, not nail

rremmy72
rremmy72

Fire the incompetent idiot!!

Doc___
Doc___

The citizens should sue her for failing to protect the officers who protect the citizens. Even if it doesn't work, it's more press against her.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

So her political opinion is more important then the safety of her deputies. The Union representing the deputies needs to take a no confidence vote against her and present it to the county. She should NOT be allowed to hold her position!

Ckmarti
Ckmarti

Another case of a uber liberal putting her agenda over the safety of her officers. Those officers need to put in transfers immediately.

Joe Joe
Joe Joe

Time to turn in your gun and badge you POS COCKROACH!

Torahbeliever
Torahbeliever

she has no right to put her officers at risk because of her own personal beliefs

Eagle101ishere
Eagle101ishere

More affirmative action bulls__t. Without it woman wouldn’t be in law enforcement.