It looks like there may be more than one way to fight so-called “sanctuary cities,” and one GOP congressman is clearly thinking outside the box.
In what Fox News calls “one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies,” Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita plans to introduce a bill today that would severely punish elected officials who shelter illegal immigrant criminals from federal officials.
The punishments for such actions would range from large fines to even prison time for officials who ignore the law.
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita told Fox News in an exclusive interview. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”
Thus far, the Justice Department has merely threatened to withhold federal grants from jurisdictions that ignore federal law in this way, resulting in numerous court challenges. But this bill, called the “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act,” would take the stakes to a whole different level with punishments from a $1 million fine to 5 years in prison if convicted.
“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” Rokita, who was a strong supporter of “Kate’s Law,” said.
Last week, an illegal immigrant already deported back to Mexico five times, was acquitted in the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015.
According to Fox News, “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.”
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