Senate Local Government Committee to consider
Sanctuary policies; enforcement of federal immigration laws
Bill Number
HB1257
Title
Sanctuary policies; enforcement of federal immigration laws
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Action
!! URGENT !! Call your Senator and the Committee Chair to strongly urge them to OPPOSE HB1257, a bill that would prohibit localities from establishing policies that restrict the enforcement of federal immigration law and would reduce funding to localities in violation of this.

Committee hearing for HB1257 is Tuesday, February 27, at approximately 1:30 PM (30 minutes after the House adjourns). Call your Senator if they’re on the list below, or the Committee Chair, and urge them to oppose HB1257 because it would violate the human and constitutional rights of our immigrant neighbors, put localities and the Commonwealth at legal risk, and undermine public safety. Please consider attending the committee hearing on February 26, (Senate Room A, Pocahontas Bldg.), to oppose HB1257 and a prohibition of sanctuary policies.
Comments
This legislation would prohibit localities from adopting policies that enhance community safety by creating positive relationships with immigrant communities.

Holding individuals without a judicial warrant raises Fourth Amendment concerns. Many courts around the country have found that holding a person past their release time in response to a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is unconstitutional. If localities were compelled to adopt this practice, they would be violating a person’s constitutional rights and at legal risk (suit filed in Henrico County, 2017).

When local law enforcement, responsible for enforcing criminal law, participates in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law, it undermines trust of law enforcement and community policing because immigrants might be scared to report crimes as victims or witnesses. A University of Illinois study found that 45 percent of immigrants, documented and undocumented, were less likely to report a crime as a result of increased involvement of local police in immigration enforcement.

This legislation would impose an unfunded mandate on localities to provide resources to the federal government to carry out enforcement of civil immigration laws.

This legislation further stigmatizes our immigrant neighbors and, if enacted, would make them more vulnerable as targets of crime.
Patron
Del. Benjamin L. Cline (R24)
If your Senator is on the list below, call and say why you oppose this bill.
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Senate Local Government Committee (* Chair)
Member (Party/District)
* Bill Stanley (R20)
Emmett Hanger (R24)
Dave Marsden (D37)
Barbara Favola (D31)
Lynwood Lewis (D6)
Scott Surovell (D36)
Bill DeSteph (R08)
Siobhan Dunnavant (R12)
Amanda Chase (R11)
Glen Sturtevant (R10)
Jeremy McPike (D29)
Charles Carrico (R40)
Jennifer McClellan (D09)
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