Take Action to Stop Sanctuary City Policies in Louisiana
On April 21, the Louisiana House Committee on Judiciary passed two critical measures last week to combat sanctuary policies in the state, House Bill (HB) 1148, and HB 453. Sanctuary policies are ordinances, resolutions, executive actions or any initiatives that prohibit local officials from inquiring, acting on, or reporting an individual’s immigration status—even when there is reasonable suspicion that an individual is in the country illegally.
- HB 1148 targets sanctuary policies by penalizing state or local governments or offices that adopt sanctuary policies by prohibiting them from borrowing any money from the state for new infrastructure projects and by prohibiting any state funding to be spent in the implementation or enforcement of any sanctuary policy.
- HB 453 allows victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens released by sanctuary cities to sue the city or parish with such policy.
- Furthering the public safety and welfare of Louisiana residents and visitors;
- Fighting illegal immigration by eliminating the attraction for illegal aliens to come to Louisiana;
- Taking away competition for scarce jobs; and
- Providing ICE with critical assistance to accomplish its mission to identify and remove criminal aliens who are already in state or local custody.
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