After the recent acquittal of Kate Steinle’s killer, so-called “Sanctuary Cities” are back in the spotlight.
The liberal media loves to ignore the dangers posed by them, but the outcome of the high profile case forced a public discussion.
Now one Congressman has introduced legislation he believes will shut down Sanctuary Cities once and for all.
Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a bill that could imprison and fine local and state officials $1 million if they obstruct enforcement of federal immigration policies.
The bill targets so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” which shelter illegal aliens by refusing to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Indy Star writes:
Under Rokita’s Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act, violators could face up to five years of prison time and a fine of up to $1 million for ignoring the federal government’s requests for custody of undocumented individuals.
“The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent,” Rokita said in a statement. “Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with.”
While the legislation would face a difficult path navigating its way through this Congress, it may have already begun having its desired impact.
The article continues:
Jane Heneger, the executive director of Indiana ACLU, sees the bill has an attempt to “bully” local communities into immigration enforcement.
“Even if these laws aren’t passed, just proposing them sends a signal to immigrant neighbors that they need to be fearful, that they should not cooperate with local police and we aren’t a welcoming country and community,” Heneger said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions argues that Sanctuary Cities make America less safe, as The Washington Times notes:
“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” Mr. Sessions said. “San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
He said the killing and the verdict should be a wakeup call to other sanctuaries.
“I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers,” Mr. Sessions said.
What do you think about Rep. Rokita’s proposal?
Do you agree with AG Sessions that Sanctuary Cities jeopardize public safety?
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