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LaHood files bill against ‘sanctuary city’ policies

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) (From the official website)

PEORIA — U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is cosponsoring a bill that would punish cities that have “sanctuary city” policies forbidding police to working with immigration officials.

Called the “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act”, it would withhold certain non-law enforcement federal grant funds from sanctuary cities. The legislation also addresses court decisions that may leave local police and municipalities liable when they assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but the DHS has made an error. The measure preserves an individual’s right to sue if a law enforcement officer commits any violation of the individual’s civil or constitutional rights, directing the lawsuit to the federal government.

LaHood and U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) are the lead co-sponsors in the house. Companion legislation was filed in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.).

“States that enforce lenient illegal immigration policies and restrict law enforcement from complying with Department of Homeland Security detainers need to have real consequences for disregarding federal law” LaHood said in a press release on his website. “Instead of punishing law enforcement officials in these communities, bureaucrats that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws should be held accountable for failing to cooperate. I’m proud to join Senator Toomey and Rep. McClintock in this effort, which will ensure our law enforcement officials are legally protected when complying with DHS and hold politicians implementing these sanctuary policies accountable.”

The legislation is being supported by three national law enforcement associations.

In Illinois, Chicago and Cook County both have sanctuary policies. Last week, legislation was filed in the state House to make Illinois a sanctuary state like California and Oregon.

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