The Michigan House Local Government Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger prohibiting local governments from enacting or enforcing “sanctuary city” policies in Michigan.
This bill would bar local governments from preventing law enforcement officials, local officials, and employees from communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of an individual.
“This bill empowers all law enforcement officials to do their job,” said Rep. Hornberger of Chesterfield Township. “We must make sure that our federal laws are not broken.”
According to data from Pew Research Center, in 2014 Michigan has approximately 130,000 unauthorized immigrants. Sanctuary cities are municipalities that have passed an ordinance, policy or rule that limits law enforcement action against an individual based on citizenship status alone and limits the sharing of immigration status with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
House Bill 4105 moves to the full House for consideration.