Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the enactment of California’s sanctuary state bill (SB 54):

“California’s new law shielding criminals from federal immigration enforcement efforts is one of the most reckless laws enacted in recent memory. It’s unconscionable that Governor Brown would sign such an irresponsible bill into law in light of preventable murders that have occurred recently in California due to sanctuary policies.

“Laws like California’s show why the reforms contained in the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Davis-Oliver Act are needed now more than ever to protect Americans from harm. Both of these bills contain important tools for law enforcement to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that permit criminals to go free and would deter irresponsible laws like California’s. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act has already been approved by the House and it is past time for the Senate to act and send this legislation to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.”

Background:

In June 2017, the House of Representatives approved the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) to strengthen the law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement.

Specifically, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act clarifies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority—the tool used by federal immigration enforcement officers to pick up criminal aliens from local jails—by establishing statutory probable cause standards to issue detainers for the first time. It also withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE. The bill protects jurisdictions that comply with detainers from being sued, while allowing victims of crime to sue jurisdictions that refuse to comply and subsequently release criminal aliens onto the streets.

The provisions of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act are also contained in the Davis-Oliver Act (H.R. 2431), a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that was approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year.

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