Skip to comments.Montana governor signs law banning sanctuary cities in the state
Posted on 04/01/2021 1:40:28 PM PDT by george76
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed legislation outlawing sanctuary cities in the state.
“We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana. Criminal, illegal aliens who pose public safety threats to our communities have no sanctuary in Montana,” Gianforte said before signing the bill.
The legislation, HB200, prohibits local jurisdictions in the state from adopting sanctuary city policies and outlines penalties for cities that do not comply with the law. The state’s legislature had passed similar legislation in 2019, but that effort was vetoed by Democratic former Gov. Steve Bullock.
The move comes as a growing number of migrants have attempted to cross the U.S. border in recent months, a situation Republicans have classified as a crisis. The Biden administration has so far downplayed the severity of the situation at the border, classifying it as a “challenge.”
Particularly troubling has been the surge of unaccompanied minors being detained at the border, with agents encountering 9,000 such individuals last month alone.
Detention facilities on the border have struggled to keep up with the surge, with one crowded facility in Texas currently housing more than 4,000 migrants. The situation has been made worse by the pandemic, with COVID-19 rates higher among the migrant populations than in the general population of border states.
The practice of becoming a sanctuary jurisdiction has spread across the country in recent years, with many of the nation’s most well-known locations, such as New York City and Los Angeles, adopting the policy. The jurisdictions participating typically pass laws or ordinances that shield immigrants from federal immigration authorities, such as prohibiting local police departments from asking about an individual's immigration status.
Montana did not have any sanctuary jurisdictions in the state before passing the law.
I wonder how all the immigrants to Montana from the Socialist Republic of California think about this?
Is he also planning a second amendment sanctuary state so those of us who violate our states’ unconstitutional gun laws can flee there?
Offense is the best defense and strength is the best deterrent.
If they protest, the Guv. will personally body-slam them into the ground.
Montana has its share of immigra-libs. But this governor is starting to stand out a bit.
Cue the ACLU lawsuits in 3, 2, 1...
Or the ones from Georgia like Mr Ted Turner and Traitor Jane.
A law to ban lawlessness. What a concept.
Good. PS Texas did this in 2017.
My. Robes has a buddy that lives up there. Near Bozeman, I think.
He was saying that Montanan’s have grown sick and tired of the liberal immigrants and apparently showed up at the polls to keep the Dems in check.
I’m thinking this was their legislature and Governor telling Bozeman, Billings, and Kalispel that they can’t do what they want.
If there were a “sanctuary city” for white Christian conservatives, I’d probably consider moving there.
Billings is usually ok. The liberal demonrat Hotspots are Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Helena.
Missoula and Bozeman are the college towns, correct?
Yes; University of Montana is in Missoula. Montana State University is in Bozeman.
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