Hawaii Bill Would End State Support for Most Federal Immigration Enforcement

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (Feb. 8, 2018) – A Hawaii House and Senate committee have passed bills to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws. Passage of this legislation would likely have the effect of nullifying those federal acts in practice.

A coalition of five Democratic Party representatives introduced House Bill 1994 (HB1994) last month. A coalition of three Democrats introduced a companion bill in the Senate (SB2290) at the same time. The legislation would bar state and local law enforcement agencies from complying with federal immigration detainers or honoring requests for non-public information relating to a person’s immigration status unless specifically required to do so by a warrant signed by a judge.

The proposed law would also ban the using state resources to enforce federal immigration law.

“No agency of the State or any of its political subdivisions shall use moneys, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel of the State or any of its political subdivisions to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.”

HB1994 would allow law enforcement …

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