Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd introduced a bill on Thursday, July 25, that would allow victims of crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that is where the crime occurred.
The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act allows for victims of any crimes up until 10 years ago to file a lawsuit with a sanctuary city. Illegal immigrants with past criminal convictions made up about 74% of arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2018, according to Pew Research Center.
“I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives,” Budd said in a press release Thursday.
The bill was put forth after more areas in the United States have become so-called sanctuary cities, which means they will not assist the federal government with immigration enforcement. The bill would allow any victim of murder, rape or any felony at the hands of an illegal immigrant to bring a lawsuit against the state or sanctuary city if the city didn’t help with an immigration detainer request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Victims can sue the city if the illegal immigrant “benefitted from a sanctuary policy of the sanctuary jurisdiction.” Another stipulation is that the victim “would not have been so injured or harmed but for the alien receiving the benefit of such sanctuary policy,” according to the bill.
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