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senate Bill S. 2059

Should Individuals Harmed by Sanctuary City Policies be Allowed to Pursue Civil Remedies?

Argument in favor

Sanctuary city policies put law-abiding citizens at risk. While it’s not possible to prevent local governments from adopting sanctuary city policies, such places should be subject to civil actions to compensate people harmed by such policies.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Sanctuary policies are unconstitutional and criminal. Class action and individual suits should be pursued for angel families who have lost loved ones or suffered themselves. Violating Federal laws must end. #MAGA
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Sean's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Your local government has the responsibility to protect its citizens. If they want to disobey federal law and allow non vetted non citizens to roam their streets then that’s a risk they are willing to take. Any death or harm caused by someone who is here illegally is pure negligence. Hold them accountable!
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Terry's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Duh. These cities are in violation of Federal Laws and Immigration regulations too.
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Argument opposed

Sanctuary jurisdiction policies make cities safer. By making jurisdictions subject to civil action for having such policies, this bill would make them less likely to adopt sanctuary city policies.

jimK's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Will the Republicans ever stop with the race-based fear mongering? Immigrants seeking sanctuary are peaceful and want to avoid being on anybody's radar. Are there going to be a few exceptions? sure. But his legislation is ridiculous. This is just another coordinated effort to deflect our attention from trump's implicit support of White Supremacists and the efforts to get realistic gun control measures passed- eg. because the "evil sanctuary seeking immigrants" require that I keep myself armed to the teeth. Come on pubs' give it up- just stand up to the NRA and pass the legislation that your kids and grandkids would want. Quit wasting our time with these asinine attempts to deflect attention from gun control legislation that the NRA does not want. Get a conscience JEEZZ!
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Nancy's Opinion
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08/19/2019
I’m more concerned about homegrown domestic terrorists (particularly white supremacists) than about immigrants, and seeking asylum is legal. And Republicans/Conservatives are supposed to stand up for minimal federal oversight and State’s rights
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Cyndi's Opinion
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08/19/2019
What kind of bullshit is this?!?! Sanctuary cities are standing up against an administration that is racist and illegally kidnapping children from their parents, separating families already here and an administration ignoring asylum laws all because of the fear of our changing demographics.
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    IntroducedJuly 9th, 2019
    Sanctuary policies are unconstitutional and criminal. Class action and individual suits should be pursued for angel families who have lost loved ones or suffered themselves. Violating Federal laws must end. #MAGA
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    Will the Republicans ever stop with the race-based fear mongering? Immigrants seeking sanctuary are peaceful and want to avoid being on anybody's radar. Are there going to be a few exceptions? sure. But his legislation is ridiculous. This is just another coordinated effort to deflect our attention from trump's implicit support of White Supremacists and the efforts to get realistic gun control measures passed- eg. because the "evil sanctuary seeking immigrants" require that I keep myself armed to the teeth. Come on pubs' give it up- just stand up to the NRA and pass the legislation that your kids and grandkids would want. Quit wasting our time with these asinine attempts to deflect attention from gun control legislation that the NRA does not want. Get a conscience JEEZZ!
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    I’m more concerned about homegrown domestic terrorists (particularly white supremacists) than about immigrants, and seeking asylum is legal. And Republicans/Conservatives are supposed to stand up for minimal federal oversight and State’s rights
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    What kind of bullshit is this?!?! Sanctuary cities are standing up against an administration that is racist and illegally kidnapping children from their parents, separating families already here and an administration ignoring asylum laws all because of the fear of our changing demographics.
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    There are already penalties for harm caused by ANYBODY! Stop your xenophobic, racist bullshit!
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    anything my useless senator puts forward should be stopped. He is a stupid tool of Moscow Mitch, #45, and the NRA/ GOP machine.
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    Fear mongering nonsense. The statistics don’t support this. Pass gun safety laws.
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    Your local government has the responsibility to protect its citizens. If they want to disobey federal law and allow non vetted non citizens to roam their streets then that’s a risk they are willing to take. Any death or harm caused by someone who is here illegally is pure negligence. Hold them accountable!
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    Duh. These cities are in violation of Federal Laws and Immigration regulations too.
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    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    No, just how do you objectively define someone being hurt by Sanuaury Cities? This is just another example of the administration trying to spread fear.
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    Harboring criminals is a Federal crime. Saying sanctuary cities are above the law is an insult to every American citizen. How many times does one need to explain the difference between Legal and Illegal. I do not want my tax dollars going towards Illegal activities and neither should any other Law Abiding Citizen.
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    Sanctuary city policies put law-abiding citizens at risk. While it’s not possible to prevent local governments from adopting sanctuary city policies, such places should be subject to civil actions to compensate people harmed by such policies.
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    The GOP is all about local authority until it gets in the way of its racist agenda.
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    You are missing the point. We should NOT HAVE sanctuary cities because we shouldn’t NEED sanctuary cities if the party politicians would accomplish what the were elected to do. REFORM IMMIGRATION!
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    100% agree. It is not in a local politicians preview to override the federal govt on this topic. It is well established process. If they want to break the law they should be held accountable.
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    All Citizens should have the right to sue for harm created by and due to Conservatism. All students and families harmed by Conservatism, Conservative Ideologies, should receive reparations. Conservatism harms and kills and causes mental illness, such that a victim believes the Fox News is factual, evidence-based and reality. These victims believe that Conservatives see them as real human beings, and actually have their best interests as their highest priority.
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    Don’t abuse people, these are humans, not mosquitos. We didn’t have a real immigration issues, until trump created it, Republicans, with no real issues for all Americans, are using baby’s and children, as rocks and weapons to attack real people. This is another, attempt, to weaken people from common sense, and apathy, and turn their base, further into stupid attack animals for no one benefit and stealing their bases money.
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    👍🏻 Senate Bill S. 2059 Aka Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act” 👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with and recommend the passage of Senate Bill S. 2059 Aka “Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019” which would provide a civil remedy for individuals harmed by “sanctuary jurisdiction” policies. The statute of limitations for such actions would be 10 years. Any sanctuary city or jurisdiction that refuses to waive its immunity from sanctuary-related civil action would be subject to the withholding of certain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Sanctuary city policies put law-abiding citizens at risk. While it’s not possible to prevent local governments from adopting sanctuary city policies, such places should be subject to civil actions to compensate people harmed by such policies. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S-2059 👍🏻👍🏻. 8.19.19.....
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    Is he proposing that citizens that disagree with what their local government is doing can seek remedies through the federal courts system? What local statutes does the federal government what to allow local citizens to sue their local government? Down the road will this include being able to sue them because the maximum speed in front of my house is to high?
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