Colorado is Officially a Sanctuary StateAfter weeks of uncertainty, Colorado is now a sanctuary state, thanks to recent actions taken by Governor Jared Polis (D). On May 28, Governor Polis signed into law House Bill (HB) 1124, after putting up a months-long fight against the bill’s original language. It will take effect on August 2.
Sussex County Stands up Against New Jersey’s Sanctuary Directive…So FarResistance to New Jersey’s new status as a sanctuary state for illegal aliens is escalating. Ever since the state’s unelected Attorney General (AG) Gurbir Grewal, appointed by Governor Phil Murphy (D), issued a sanctuary directive that took effect in March, municipalities across the Garden State have been passing anti-sanctuary resolutions in defiance of it. There are already at least nine of them across the state. Now Sussex County, the first county to act, has joined the resistance and drawn a harsh response from the AG.
Washington State Makes the Whole West Coast a SanctuaryAt the stroke of a pen on May 21, Governor Jay Inslee (D) added Washington State to the growing ranks of sanctuary states. Now that Washington has joined Oregon and California, the entire West Coast of the United States, from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, has dangerous sanctuary policies to protect criminal aliens at the expense of American citizens’ and legal immigrants’ safety.
Nevada Votes to Give Professional Licenses to Illegal AliensWith less than two weeks left before they’re scheduled to adjourn, Nevada legislators have quietly passed legislation giving illegal aliens access to professional and occupational licenses, all but ensuring that American workers will face even more competition for jobs and wages.
King County, Washington Tries to Ground ICE FlightsNot content with trying to restrict federal immigration officials’ access to the Spokane bus terminal, now there is another attempt to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from operating deportation flights out of a Seattle-area airport. But ICE is pushing back, and other federal agencies are backing them up.
Connecticut Senate Passes Sanctuary State ExpansionConnecticut is already a sanctuary state. The Nutmeg State’s legislature enacted its so-called Trust Act in 2013, which prohibits state and local law enforcement from honoring immigration detainers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under most circumstances. But as bad as that law is, it still left several common-sense exceptions in place.
Missouri Legislature Restores Ban on In-State Tuition for Illegal AliensAfter a contentious week of negotiations, the Missouri General Assembly passed the state’s higher education budget hours before its May 10 deadline, including a prohibition on in-state tuition for illegal aliens that had been removed by lawmakers just weeks earlier.
Federal Appeals Court Rules for Indiana AG against “Sue-and-Settle” Sanctuary PolicyBy David Jaroslav
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has won a resounding victory for his office’s ability to enforce the Hoosier State’s law against dangerous sanctuary policies. On May 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision and struck down a “sue-and-settle” consent decree that had allowed Marion County—the state’s most populous county, of which Indianapolis is the county seat—to ignore state law and become a sanctuary county for criminal aliens.