LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata introduced legislation that, when coupled with another bill in the package, would prohibit any local government in the state of Michigan from adopting sanctuary policies that protect individuals who are in the United States illegally.
“These bills focus on letting law enforcement officers do their jobs and holding local governments who willfully violate the law accountable,” said LaSata, R-Niles. “Local officials should be focusing on the needs of their community and the safety of residents, not promoting policies that hinder law enforcement from upholding state and federal law.”
Senate Bill 1044, sponsored by LaSata, would prohibit any county from establishing a sanctuary policy that prohibits law enforcement officers from doing their duty or assisting federal officials working to determine an individual’s immigration status. SB 1045, sponsored by Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, would do the same for cities, townships and villages.
The bills would give any local unit with one of these policies 60 days to come into compliance. After that time, local governments could face legal action, including proceedings initiated by a resident living in a locality that continues to violate the law.
LaSata said this legislation is especially important as Title 42 restrictions are now being challenged in court. The Department of Homeland Security has previously stated that daily attempted border crossings will more than double if Title 42 is rescinded.
“We should be promoting policies that put residents first and give law enforcement the tools they need to address illegal immigration,” LaSata said.
Both bills were referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government for further consideration.