Immigration debate hot

The discussion moved to the City of Austin itself, and whether or not Austin is a “sanctuary city" — a community that prohibits law enforcement from inquiring citizens about their legal status.

“How many of us can break a crime and get away with it?" Hendrycks said, followed by a roar of appreciation from the audience.

“This is ludicrous," she proclaimed. “If we do not enforce our laws, anarchy is going to come."

The panelists said although the City of Austin does not consider itself to be a “sanctuary city," they believe it is one because of its policy.

“What do you see happening?" Hendrycks asked. “Give ‘em hell, but be careful when saying Austin is a sanctuary city."

Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm was not available for comment by deadline today.