Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) signed a bill banning sanctuary cities in Montana.
We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana.
Today, I proudly signed a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Montana. pic.twitter.com/KxcHrhUcbW
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) March 31, 2021
Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill Wednesday banning sanctuary cities in the state, despite the fact that Montana does not currently have any sanctuary cities.
“We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana,” Gianforte said in a statement after signing the bill into law.
The bill will require state and local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration law and empower the state’s attorney general to pursue civil action against jurisdictions that do not comply — including fines and withholding state grant funds.
Supporters of the measure have said that sanctuary cities in other parts of the country have led to increased criminal activity, and that the Montana ban is necessary to preempt such problems. Opponents have said the measure will foster distrust of law enforcement at a time of greater tension between police and communities of color.
This should be common sense.
Every Republican Governor in the country should ensure that Sanctuary cities can’t pop up in their states.
This is a massive win for Montana.
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