Lansing, Mich. — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg announced on Friday that he has begun work to ban local governments from adopting sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens.
“I have taken the first steps at the state level to prevent any governmental entity in Michigan from adopting sanctuary city policies,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “These policies protect criminals who have entered our country illegally.”
Sanctuary cities are cities that adopt policies that prohibit employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. These policies alter the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, which in some instances results in non-U.S. citizens being eligible for government benefits.
Brandenburg noted that sanctuary cities have come to the forefront of the immigration policy debate, brought to light after the tragic shooting of Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien on July 1 in San Francisco.
“The authorities in San Francisco blatantly disregarded the law and released a man residing in this country illegally — who had already been deported five times,” Brandenburg said. “Due to the city’s internal policies, they refused to notify federal authorities of this criminal’s whereabouts and released him to the streets where he murdered an innocent American. This tragedy could have been prevented if city authorities had done the right thing and followed the law.”
Brandenburg said Michigan has two sanctuary cities in southeast Michigan. They are the City of Detroit and the City of Ann Arbor.
“People entering our country illegally have no business being here,” Brandenburg added. “We must maintain border security and enforce our nation’s immigration laws. I, for one, have no time or patience for criminals, and I have even less tolerance for anyone who protects them.”
A request for legislation has been submitted and a draft is expected back soon. It is Brandenburg’s intent to introduce his legislation as soon as possible.