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.”
“Legislators are sent to Lansing to be a good steward of the people’s tax dollars – money they worked hard to earn – but this plan is focused on the wrong priorities, and spends those dollars inefficiently and irresponsibly,” Fink said. “Carelessly funneling public funds to further bloat state departments and bankroll pet projects is the last thing Michigan needs right now as families continue to struggle at the hands of inflation and young Michiganians continue to leave the state in droves.”
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.
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