Louisiana House Passes Bill to Prohibit “Sanctuary City” Policies

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 22, 2017) – Last week, the Louisiana House passed a bill that would effectively prohibit so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws.

Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) is the sponsor of House Bill 676 (HB676). The legislation would ban state agencies and political subdivisions from enacting or adopting any sanctuary policy, or otherwise endorsing or enforcing a policy that discourages enforcement of federal immigration laws or prohibits a law enforcement officer from communicating or cooperating with federal authorities concerning the immigration status of any person lawfully arrested within the state.

The bill includes a list of activities that would be considered “sanctuary policies,” including any provision that discourages cooperation with enforcement of federal immigration laws, discourages or prohibits exchanges of information with ICE, or prevents law enforcement officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status,

Under the proposed law, ...

Read more at the 10th Amendment Center