GOP Congressman To Introduce Bill To Punish Politicians Who Support Sanctuary City Policies
A Republican congressman was set to introduce a bill Monday that would punish elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, under so-called sanctuary city policies.
The bill by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) was in response to the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial last week. It represents one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies, going beyond the Justice Department’s threat to cut off grants to those jurisdictions as it threatens huge fines and even prison time for officials who are behind the policies.
The story was exclusively reported by FOX News on Sunday night:
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita told Fox News. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”
His “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act” would hold state and local lawmakers criminally responsible for refusing to comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The Republican’s bill would subject violators to a $1 million fine and up to five years in prison if they are convicted.
“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” said Rokita.
Rokita also supported “Kate’s Law” – legislation that would boost penalties for illegal immigrants who were previously deported and that was named after Steinle…
Rokita’s bill follows a similar attempt in Texas to punish local officials who ignore federal requests to hold and then potentially turn over suspects for possible deportation. That law is the subject of a federal court challenge.
As the Trump administration’s attempts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities has met with blowback from liberal judges who have said he doesn’t aha the authority to do so—though he does—this is but another attempt to reign in rogue local politicians who refuse to help enforce immigration law when asked by federal agents, and whose refusal to do so is proving dangerous for its citizenry.
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