Montana Senate Kills Bill Prohibiting “Sanctuary City” Policies

HELENA, Mont. (May 4, 2017) – The Montana State Senate killed a bill that would have effectively prohibited so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws in the state.

Introduced by Rep. Derek Skees (R-Kalispell), House Bill 611 (HB611) would have partially defunded sanctuary cities in the state. The proposed law would have prohibited local governments from implementing policies that “prohibit sending to, receiving from, exchanging with, or maintaining for a federal, state, or local government entity information regarding a person’s citizenship or immigration status,” It would have also barred local policies block compliance with federal immigration detainer requests.

Local governments violating the law would have faced a loss of significant state funding. According to Great Falls Tribune, “the bill sets up penalties for cities that violate provisions. They would be prevented from receiving their share of oil and natural gas production taxes ...

Read more at the 10th Amendment Center