Legislator: Border states must uphold national immigration policy
State Rep. Andrew Fink has introduced legislation outlawing illegal immigrant sanctuary cities in Michigan.
Sanctuary cities are municipal jurisdictions that prohibit police or city employees from questioning people about their immigration status and refuse requests by national immigration authorities to detain people beyond their release date if they were jailed for breaking local law.
House Bill 6276 would prohibit local units of government from preventing law enforcement cooperation with federal officials concerning illegal immigrants.
“When cities adopt these policies it weakens the integrity of our naturalization process, undermines our law enforcement and disrupts the solvency of our social safety net,” Fink said. “As a border state, Michigan has a responsibility to enforce our national immigration policy.”
The legislation is pending in the House Local Government Committee.
Fink also supported a recently approved House resolution urging President Biden to enforce the country’s immigration laws and strengthen border protection to prioritize law-abiding American citizens.
“The president has made decisions that have allowed for an increase in illegal immigration,” Fink said. “From halting work on the border wall to improperly suspending a policy that required asylum seekers to remain in Mexico for their immigration hearings, it’s clear that his priority is not preserving the U.S. naturalization process.”
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”