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.”
Rep. Fink continues to be concerned about inviting Chinese companies and hundreds of Chinese nationals to Michigan. The legislator is calling for more oversight ahead of the projects.
“The Democratic majority is doing whatever they can to pass a tax hike onto families and small businesses throughout Michigan. This bill was written in secret, efforts were made behind the scenes to strong-arm members, and Republicans weren’t allowed to stand up for Michigan taxpayers and speak against this — violating our right to debate.”
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