via The Daily Signal:
Louisiana Republicans Move to Punish ‘Sanctuary’ Cities
by Josh Siegel | May 13, 2016
Louisiana Republicans and the state’s attorney general are aiming to deter cities and localities from having “sanctuary” immigration policies by threatening to withhold funding from those that do.
“Officials who adopt policies like that put their communities at great risk,” state Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican, told The Daily Signal in an interview. “It’s contrary to common sense. What other country in the world has those kind of policies?”
By passing two bills earlier this month meant to punish jurisdictions that don’t comply with so-called “detainer” requests, the Louisiana House of Representatives, and its ally in this fight, Attorney General Jeff Landry, injected itself into a contentious debate over sanctuary policies that sprang last year after the murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco.
House Bill 1148 would prevent jurisdictions that Landry deems as sanctuary cities from being able to borrow money from the state for public building projects.
“A sanctuary city sends a message of lawlessness,” said Hodges, who sponsored the bill.
The second bill, 453, would make sanctuary cities compensate crime victims if their attackers were illegal immigrants and law enforcement had contacted those individuals before and not asked about their immigration status.
The state Senate will now consider both measures. (Read More)
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