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house Bill H.R. 6055

Should Sanctuary City Employees be Protected From Prosecution for Not Enforcing Federal Immigration Law?

Argument in favor

As state and local jurisdictions resist the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation policies, conflicts between federal immigration laws and sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to honor them, local government employees are at risk of federal prosecution for obeying local laws. This bill protects them.

Fran's Opinion
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07/05/2018
States have paramount rights of protecting their citizens and any immigrants within its borders. We are a federation of individual states. That’s what our founding fathers envisioned that’s what we still want. We are first and foremost governed by our locally voted on political servants. What is necessary for our country’s protection or more feasible economically should be handled by the federal government only. Trump believes only those who are white are the desired citizens. I know many highly intelligent and caring people that are more valuable as citizens who are not white and was born elsewhere. We need those people. Give these migrating people a chance because they are strong enough to make it here with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
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Echome1020's Opinion
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07/05/2018
When an official says “California will feel my Agency’s WRATH” we have a serious issue with abuse of power. I agree with following the law that is until the Government is creating law that is overstepping and threatening to arrest and prosecute State. This is a disaster in the making.
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Whitney's Opinion
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07/05/2018
I think sanctuary cities are extremely important and vital in helping the less fortunate and people who are in danger into out country without having to face the danger to their lives of waiting for the legal process to let them in legally. I recognize that federal law surpasses state law, but I believe this is the will of the people and a form of resistance to an oppressive presidency. I think the federal government should recognize these states and cities willingness to take in these people and offer aid to those who are sick or hurt. Helping shouldn’t be a crime. These employees aren’t smuggling them in, just offering aid, which isn’t illegal.
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Argument opposed

Sanctuary jurisdictions which violate federal immigration law to harbor unauthorized immigrants jeopardize public safety by releasing unauthorized immigrants after they commit crimes. The employees who implement those policies should be prosecuted and held accountable for breaking federal law.

Jake.bennett34's Opinion
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07/05/2018
Violate the law and you’re violating the law.
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Gregg 's Opinion
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07/05/2018
Why should illegal immigrants have more rights than US Citizens?
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Zack's Opinion
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07/05/2018
In other words, should some areas be immune to federal law? I don’t think so. The federal government policy supersedes the states, why would we allow certain areas immunity from federal law? If we don’t like the federal law in place, just change that law.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 6055?

This bill — the Keep Our Cities Safe Act — would indemnify (ie protect) state and local government employees from federal prosecution for complying with state or local sanctuary laws, which prevent the employees from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Impact

Local government employees; state government employees; sanctuary jurisdictions; and federal prosecutors.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6055

A CBO cost estimate for this bill is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) introduced this bill to shield state and local government officials from federal prosecution for following local sanctuary policies and refusing to honor federal immigration law:

“Since President Trump took office, he has done nothing but bully and intimidate immigrant-friendly communities across the nation… Now, his administration wants to take things a step further and prosecute local officials for opposing Trump’s misguided, xenophobic policies. President Trump’s threats create a climate of fear that accomplishes the exact opposite of what he claims to want — making American cities safer. Local law enforcement cannot build the community relationships they rely on to do their jobs if they are also coerced to enforce President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. My bill will let local officials and law enforcement continue to do what they know works best in their cities — without fear of being prosecuted for it by the Trump administration.”

Republicans in Congress have pushed for officials in sanctuary cities & states to be held accountable for obstructing enforcement of federal immigration law, with Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) offering a bill known as the SLAP Act to criminalize such obstruction:

“The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent. Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with. Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so. It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them.”

This bill has nine cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


Of Note: The risk of the Trump administration pursuing legal action against local and state government employees is real. In January 2018, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen revealed that the Dept. of Justice was considering filing criminal charges against state and local officials for implementing sanctuary policies that prohibit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Prior to Secretary Nielsen’s comments, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan said that California would feel his agency’s wrath over its decision to become a sanctuary state.  Homan also called for local and state elected officials to be charged with federal crimes for enacting and adhering to sanctuary policies.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: _Runis_ / iStock)

AKA

Keep Our Cities Safe Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to indemnify government employees, and employees entities that have contracts with such governments, from certain judgements for acting within their capacity to comply with their official duties and responsibilities, and other purposes.

    States have paramount rights of protecting their citizens and any immigrants within its borders. We are a federation of individual states. That’s what our founding fathers envisioned that’s what we still want. We are first and foremost governed by our locally voted on political servants. What is necessary for our country’s protection or more feasible economically should be handled by the federal government only. Trump believes only those who are white are the desired citizens. I know many highly intelligent and caring people that are more valuable as citizens who are not white and was born elsewhere. We need those people. Give these migrating people a chance because they are strong enough to make it here with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
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    Violate the law and you’re violating the law.
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    When an official says “California will feel my Agency’s WRATH” we have a serious issue with abuse of power. I agree with following the law that is until the Government is creating law that is overstepping and threatening to arrest and prosecute State. This is a disaster in the making.
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    I think sanctuary cities are extremely important and vital in helping the less fortunate and people who are in danger into out country without having to face the danger to their lives of waiting for the legal process to let them in legally. I recognize that federal law surpasses state law, but I believe this is the will of the people and a form of resistance to an oppressive presidency. I think the federal government should recognize these states and cities willingness to take in these people and offer aid to those who are sick or hurt. Helping shouldn’t be a crime. These employees aren’t smuggling them in, just offering aid, which isn’t illegal.
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    Why should illegal immigrants have more rights than US Citizens?
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    In other words, should some areas be immune to federal law? I don’t think so. The federal government policy supersedes the states, why would we allow certain areas immunity from federal law? If we don’t like the federal law in place, just change that law.
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    This issue transcends politics or even law. Not only States, but Individuals have a Moral Duty to uphold Human Decency. Bad laws have historically been made and have eventually been righted in this country. Separating children from their parents and criminalizing people seeking amnesty is morally an evil thing to do. For those with a religious affinity, what about the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as they would do unto you”. We as a Country need to nip this in the bud. There is no limit to where this immorality can go.
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    Where do we draw the line as to which laws are enforced and which are not. This is not a question of morality, but a question of judicial integrity.
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    Sometimes disobeying the law is a moral necessity. Sometimes obeying the law is an abomination to true justice. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,”
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    Your job is to enforce the law and anything else would be subversive against the United States! This is BS
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    That is illegal activity therefore NO.
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    It’s called harboring a fugitive. And in many other crimes such as robbery if one person of a group kills another person in the commission of the robbery the other members can be charged as an accessory to the murder. Often this carries as stiff a penalty as the murderer’s does. The same should be done to government officials. First on the block should be governor Jerry Brown of California, charged as an access to thousands of felonies, robberies, assaults, rape, and murders.
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    If they are not to be here to begin with why hire them? Also if the sanctuary city hires them and the department they work for the mayor the department head should be jailed. If said employee gave a false id and cannot be vetted send to Guantanamo along with the mayor department head and HR person for national security violations/treason. Potentially giving access to critical infrastructure.
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    No if you break the law you go to jail! Just because you don’t like a law doesn’t mean you get to break it. If you don’t like it work to change it!
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    State and local governments have too many local priorities to address with usually insufficient budgets. Local officials are not required to enforce federal immigration policies, only requested - anything more would be federal overreach. If localities choose higher priorities to focus on than immigration, they shouldn’t be punished by other localities that prioritize immigration enforcement by acting through a tentative majority at the federal level.
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    This is a moral/ethical issue. What is being done is immoral and does not support American values. It doesn't really matter if the States have the "right" or not to become protected as a Sanctuary State--it is the morally correct thing to do.
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    When you enforce bad behavior from unauthorized immigrants in certain cities and release them into society, those acts carry terrible weight for those who are law abiding citizens. These employees are breaking Federal law, therefore, they should not be protected and prosecuted by Federal courts for the charges of domestic terrorism. You let illegals free range and suffer the same fate as they do.
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    No way until Federal law changes it is supreme period.
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    The United States is a constitutional republic. I as a private citizen do not get to pick and choose which laws I will obey and face prosecution if I violate these laws. I am pretty certain sanctuary city leaders would howl if I violated a federal law they support and I were not prosecuted. This is not Monty Hall’s “Let’s Make a Deal!” What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!
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    If you commit the crime you do the time. Plain and simple, we are a country of laws and they need to be enforced.
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