Congressmen Bradley Byrne, Ted Budd introduce Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act
After his trip to the southern border, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) teamed up with Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC) to introduce the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act on Thursday.
According to a statement from Byrne’s office, the legislation will “protect victims of illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities.”
“I’m sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It’s time we do something about it,” Byrne said.
“Not only will our legislation provide justice for victims, but it will push communities to abandon their reckless sanctuary policies and help disincentivize illegal immigration,” Byrne continued. “Whether it’s cracking down on sanctuary cities or providing additional resources to build the wall, now is the time for action to address the illegal immigration crisis.”
The bill creates a “new legal right for any individual, spouse, or child who is a victim of a violent crime or felony caused by an illegal immigrant to sue the responsible sanctuary city or jurisdiction.”
The proposal also “requires jurisdictions to waive immunity for these cases as a condition of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and other grants.”
According to Byrne’s press release, “The bill defines a ‘Sanctuary Jurisdiction’ as any state or political subdivision (including a county or city) that has a statute, ordinance, policy, or practice that restricts a government official or entity from receiving or maintaining information about the immigration status of an individual, including refusing to comply with lawful detainer requests made by DHS or the notification of the release of an illegal immigrant.
At a North Carolina rally, President Donald Trump praised the legislation and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who led the Senate version of the bill.
— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) July 18, 2019
Trump asserted the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act will “give American victims the right to sue sanctuary cities and hold them accountable for the thousands of lives they have shattered.”
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