Republican Bill Would Allow Victims of Illegals to Sue Sanctuary Cities

Republican Bill Would Allow Victims of Illegals to Sue Sanctuary Cities

The modern Democratic Party hates the concept of the United States border. Some of its members despise it because it makes for good talking point when pandering to certain voting blocs. Others are genuine open-borders believers. Whichever camp they fall into, though, they deliver the same message: If you support protecting US borders, particularly the southern one, you’re a racist.

That’s why, supposedly, we need sanctuary cities.  Poor, helpless, immigrants – who came here in violation of the law – must be protected from deportation. It’s the moral thing to do.

Don’t bother to bring up the endless array of examples in which rapists, murderers, and thieves committed their crimes thanks to “sanctuary” efforts. If you mention it, you’re also racist. Yes, that’s a hollow argument, and yes, it’s woefully overused. The left’s race card has been maxed out for years, but they keep whipping it out at every opportunity.

Because no one like being labelled a racist, serious debate about sanctuary cities has never really taken place. Every time the issue comes up, discussion is stifled by accusations of “hate.” Now, however, Dems may have to explain and defend their agenda. That’s because newly proposed legislation would strike a blow right at the heart of the left’s insane “sanctuary city” fetish.

H.R. 3964 is known as “The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act.”  It was introduced by U.S. Representatives Ted Budd (R-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL) last week and would allow families of violent illegals to sue sanctuary cities that turned a blind eye.

Here’s the press release:

 U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3964, the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). The bill would allow the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that’s where the crime occurred. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Senate Companion, S. 2059, earlier this month.

“I’ve been following sanctuary cities for some time now and the effects that they have on local communities. I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives. It strikes me as common sense to introduce and pursue legislation that allows families and victims recourse against municipalities and policies that have caused them so much damage. Currently, they have none. I want to thank Rep. Bradly Bryne for introducing this bill with me in the House and Senator Thom Tillis for his leadership on this issue in the Senate,” said Budd.

“I’m sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It’s time we do something about it,” said Byrne. “Not only will our legislation provide justice for victims, but it will push communities to abandon their reckless sanctuary policies and help disincentivize illegal immigration. Whether it’s cracking down on sanctuary cities or providing additional resources to build the wall, now is the time for action to address the illegal immigration crisis.”

Basically, the legislation states that if you or a loved one are the victim of a violent illegal, you can seek damages from a city if it refused to execute an ICE detainer. In addition, it would also cut grants for municipalities that refuse to follow federal immigration regulations. Given the number of such crimes, and the presumably massive dollar amounts that would be involved, the law would disincentivize, and possibly end, the very idea of Sanctuary Cities.

Now, that bad news. President Trump supports this, but the Dems currently hold the House. So, this has essentially zero chance of passage. Even if they agreed with the legislation, Pelosi and her caucus would never stand up to the AOC wing of the party. Should the GOP regain the House in 2020, that’s a different story, but for now this is dead in the water.

That said, if it can gain some national attention, the bill would put 2020 Dems on the record about the issue. That’s a hard pill for Democrats to swallow, since the sanctuary push is deeply unpopular in all but the most left-wing urban areas.

You can read the entire bill HERE, and we’ll keep an eye on its progress.