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house Bill H.R. 4526

SLAP Act: Making it a Crime For Officials in Sanctuary Cities & States to Obstruct Immigration Enforcement

Argument in favor

State and local officials shouldn’t obstruct the enforcement of immigration laws, and this bill would put an end to that by making it a crime to do so.

Anthony's Opinion
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12/16/2017
We are the United States of America. We are not the United world kingdom with open boarders and one world citizenship. I think this will be good for the country. People that come here illegally should not be harbored by anyone let alone government agencies and law enforcement.
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Brent's Opinion
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12/16/2017
NO More Sanctuary Cities! They harbor/encourage crime!
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Tim 's Opinion
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12/16/2017
We are a nation of laws. We must not obstruct those who are trying to protect us the American people.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t be punishing state and local public servants who are doing what their constituents want in terms of immigration enforcement.

Robert's Opinion
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12/16/2017
Let the state and local government govern themselves, there doesn’t need to be federal oversight for these issues.
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Michael.J.L's Opinion
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12/16/2017
Bit by bit, this Administration is forcing Federal jurisdiction and authority over the states. While I understand there is need for Federal law over State law in many cases, I believe this is not one of them. Congress get off your lazy butts and craft bi-partisanship immigration reform legislation that works.
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Beau's Opinion
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12/16/2017
I believe that the aggressive focus on immigration is not going to help anyone at all. And just pin more people against this country. I know many people from Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, and other Slavic countries that love it here and want to stay but there's no way for them to acquire citizenship despite being here many years "going to school" or something as an excuse for their visa. It's hard to obtain a green card and it should be easier and based on merit. Like I know people who have worked here legally while doing school for 3 years who still can't get a green card. It's absurd and needs to be addressed. Forcing people out only spreads hate.
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    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedDecember 1st, 2017
    We are the United States of America. We are not the United world kingdom with open boarders and one world citizenship. I think this will be good for the country. People that come here illegally should not be harbored by anyone let alone government agencies and law enforcement.
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    Let the state and local government govern themselves, there doesn’t need to be federal oversight for these issues.
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    Bit by bit, this Administration is forcing Federal jurisdiction and authority over the states. While I understand there is need for Federal law over State law in many cases, I believe this is not one of them. Congress get off your lazy butts and craft bi-partisanship immigration reform legislation that works.
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    NO More Sanctuary Cities! They harbor/encourage crime!
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    We are a nation of laws. We must not obstruct those who are trying to protect us the American people.
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    I believe that the aggressive focus on immigration is not going to help anyone at all. And just pin more people against this country. I know many people from Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, and other Slavic countries that love it here and want to stay but there's no way for them to acquire citizenship despite being here many years "going to school" or something as an excuse for their visa. It's hard to obtain a green card and it should be easier and based on merit. Like I know people who have worked here legally while doing school for 3 years who still can't get a green card. It's absurd and needs to be addressed. Forcing people out only spreads hate.
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    This bill is a SLAP in the face of the 10th Amendment. Feds can’t force states to assist in the enforcement law that is unconstitutional.
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    This admin’s actions, in so many ways, are the absence of humanity. I’m nearly ready to oppose ANYTHING they suggest at this point.
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    For those on the far left who still fail to recognize that illegal immigration has become an incubator for terrorism and crime in the United States, I might understand opposition to this proposal. Immigration laws exist for a reason and deserve to be followed and enforced.
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    If the feds won't fund enforcement of federal laws, why should local police with less resources be required to?
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    You need to come down heavy on these cities. It is not right, the law is being broken. Which part of illegal don’t they get?
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    You mean the Law is the Law! Gracious, what a new concept. And just where in The Constitution does it say Laws must be obeyed? Now I’m all cornfussed. But, between you and me, it’s about time Laws will be enforced.
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    If you have to pass another law to enforce a law already on the books, I guess so.
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    Under a normal administration I’d vote yes for this because I believe states should enforce the federal laws first. But, i fear this administration will push this too far. I’m against the Muslim travel ban because most of the terrorist in the US are domestic and we are not addressing that and Saudi Arabia is one of our biggest terrorist (9-11 terrorists mostly from Saudi and financed by citizens or government of Saudi). But Trump has Business interest in Saudi and won’t include them in the travel ban. The ban also lengthens the time or stops refugees who need sanctuary from entering the US. (They already have a long vetting period.)
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    I believe in state's rights this is federal overreach.
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    Sanctuary cities are morally and intellectually wrong.
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    SLAP Act making it illegal for a state or local official to obstruct the enforcement of immigration laws by refusing to honor federal requests to detain a violator of immigration laws should have been passed long ago. Thus it should be made law ASAP.... With no delay. The crime would be punishable by fines and up to five years imprisonment.
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    Even though the SLAP Act is targeted at Sanctuary Cities and States, it could have “unintended” consequences in other states - such as Colorado with the use of marijuana. Unless, it’s not “unintended!” I vote NO because the interpretation of this law could be too broad and would probably be challenged in court as unconstitutional for violating States Rights.
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    I don’t agree that this should be a crime, however I do think it ought to be a crime to fire Robert Mueller or interfere with the special counsel in anyway. If the president and his staff are innocent they have nothing to fear. If the President fires Mueller and the GOP does nothing they should be tried as accessories to any of he Presidents or his staffs crimes.
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    The laws of immigration into this country are at the federal level, not local or state. The migration laws at local or state level refer to people who are already legally here. Obviously federal law states that it is illegal to enter this country without proper documentation such as VISA, passport, citizenship etc. The ICE agency absolutely has authority to investigate and enforce the immigration laws of this country. It does not matter what the state and local governments beliefs are on the matter as they do not have authority on immigration. The law is the law and these agencies are just enforcing it. So of course it should be illegal to obstruct justice!
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