Republican Senator Planning “Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities” Act

On Tuesday, Republican Senator Thom Thills announced a plan to introduce new legislation aimed at protecting US citizens and family members of those who have been hurt or killed by illegal aliens in sanctuary cities across the country.

Citing an incident from his home state of North Carolina, Tills denounced the policies preventing local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials.

The new act is designed to hold so-called sanctuary cities responsible for the harm caused by illegal aliens to US citizens.

Tills called the establishment of sanctuary policies “disturbing,” adding, “If politicians want to prioritize reckless sanctuary policies over public safety, they should also be willing to provide just compensation for the victims.”

From The Daily Caller:

Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced new legislation Tuesday to protect the victims of illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities.

Tillis noted in a Tuesday press release that his inspiration for the legislationcame from his home state, where he argues sanctuary policies have resulted in a dangerous environment for citizens:

Earlier this month, the Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff’s Office refused to notify ICE and comply with a lawful detainer request when it released a dangerous illegal immigrant from county jail who was charged with multiple domestic violence charges for strangling a woman and threatening to kill her. This was only one of more than 20 troubling instances this year of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office releasing potentially dangerous individuals after refusing to comply with detainer requests. The reckless sanctuary policy prompted criticism from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act would “hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for failing to comply with lawful detainer and release notification requests made by federal authorities and jeopardizing public safety.”

The legislation also aims to create “a private right of civil action for the victims of sanctuary jurisdictions,” meaning that citizens who were adversely impacted by the actions of criminal illegal aliens would have the right to pursue legal action against the sanctuary jurisdiction that was protecting them.

Additionally, “any sanctuary city or jurisdiction that refuses to waive its immunity as is relates to sanctuary-related civil action would be subject to the withholding of certain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.”

“It’s disturbing to see sheriffs across North Carolina establish sanctuary jurisdictions, releasing dangerous individuals back into communities while refusing to notify federal immigration officials,” Tillis explained. “If politicians want to prioritize reckless sanctuary policies over public safety, they should also be willing to provide just compensation for the victims.”

The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act is co-sponsored by Graham, Blackburn and Cruz, along with Republican Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

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