Pennsylvania House Approves Bill that will Punish Sanctuary Cities
(a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts. Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both. – 8 U.S. Code 1325
The Pennsylvania House approved legislation (H.B. 1885) that will punish sanctuary cities for shielding illegal immigrants from the law. The law is designed to protect Americans and hold accountable any municipality that chooses to provide immunity to criminals. The bill assigns liability to sanctuary cities when illegal immigrants commit crimes, aside from their unlawful entry into the United States, which harm a person or property.
A sanctuary municipality shall be liable for damages on account of an injury to a person or property as a result of criminal activity by an unauthorized alien.
Sanctuary cities are responsible for the damage inflicted on Americans by illegal aliens; just ask the young lady who was raped by Milton Mateo Garcia in Philadelphia. The legislation is necessary because the City of Philadelphia provides immunity from the law to Milton Mateo Garcia and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who reside in the city.
What type of punishment can the Pennsylvania legislature threaten to motivate the city to reverse course? It is very costly to provide welfare checks, housing, health care, and education to illegal immigrants; the annual tab for taxpayers in Pennsylvania is $1.38 billion.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued Executive Order 5-16 to reinforce the city’s commitment to harboring fugitives from the law. The Executive Order states that city authorities “will not cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests for undocumented citizens who are arrested and would otherwise be released from custody.” Kenney’s progressive policy is an affront to law enforcement and puts law-abiding citizens in danger, which is why the Pennsylvania legislature had to act.
The legislature responded to Kenney’s progressive policy by passing H.B. 1885. The bill states:
The governing body of a municipality may not adopt an ordinance, regulation or plan or take any other action that limits or prohibits a public official, employee or law enforcement officer of the municipality from communicating or cooperating with an appropriate public official, employee or law enforcement officer of the federal government concerning the immigration status of an individual in this Commonwealth.
The legislation will make Kenney’s Executive Order null and void. However, Kenney could choose to ignore the legislation and continue his progressive agenda. However, the law should give Kenney pause because it has teeth; the punishment for noncompliance is severe.
The $1.38 billion tab taxpayers in Pennsylvania cover for the illegal immigrants is a tab the City of Philadelphia cannot cover, so it relies on the state to redistribute the money to pay for its freebies to illegal immigrants. What do you suppose would happen if the state shut off the spigot? The statute makes it clear that a sanctuary city that chooses to continue to shelter illegal immigrants will not receive tax dollars from the state. The act directs the State Treasurer to “withhold the payment of Commonwealth funds to any municipality that fails to adhere to the requirements” outlined in the act; very persuasive.
H.B. 1885 is a thoughtful piece of legislation that, if it becomes law, will provide the proper motivation for Kenney and the rest of the Democrats/Liberals/Progressives who own and operate Philadelphia to stop aiding and abetting criminals.