A U.S. senator has introduced a bill seeking better cooperation between county sheriffs and federal immigration authorities – and penalties if that cooperation doesn’t happen.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act. It calls for local law enforcement to comply with detainer requests made by federal agents – or risk facing lawsuits by crime victims and/or the loss of federal grant money.
Co-sponsors of the bill include GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Ted Cruz of Texas, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Sanctuary cities and their policies are a dangerous affront to the rule of law, and only exasperate the crisis at our border,” Cruz said. “I am proud to join my colleagues in holding these jurisdictions accountable, and will continue working to enforce our federal immigration laws and ensure the safety and security of the American people.”