Rep. Todd Rokita introduced an immigration bill Monday that would impose huge fines and prison time for elected officials who knowingly prevent undocumented criminals from getting deported. The move follows a “Not guilty” verdict in a trial that sparked national scrutiny over immigration.
The Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians Act of 2017 would penalize state or local officials who “Knowingly ignores a request from the Federal Government” to turn over suspected undocumented immigrants through fines up to $1 million and five years in federal prison.
“The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent,” Rokita said in a press statement on Monday. “Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with. Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so. It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them.”
San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy became a flashpoint in the national fervor over immigration in 2015 when Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, shot and killed Kate Steinle while she was walking with her father on a pier. A federal detainer request was issued for his potential deportation proceedings, but local law enforcement officials released him.