Chaney Presents Bill to Ban Sanctuary Cities in Idaho

 

Date:  January 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Rep. Greg Chaney

(208) 332-1055

 

CHANEY PITCHES BILL BANNING SANCTUARY CITIES IN IDAHO

 

(Boise) Representative Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) introduced a bill today in the House State Affairs Committee aimed at protecting Idaho communities by prohibiting local policymakers and law enforcement from becoming “Sanctuary Cities” or counties.

 

Chaney pointed out that most immigrants were of the sort he described as some of the “hardest working, most family oriented and God-fearing people” who were “valuable members of the community.” However, Chaney said, not all who enter the country do so with good intentions.  Just how many can’t be measured, he said, without proper enforcement and vetting—matters of federal jurisdiction that cities and counties shouldn’t be trying to block.

 

The bill would require that law enforcement check for and comply with immigration holds when arresting someone for a violation of Idaho law. The bill would withhold state sales tax distribution funds from cities or counties that make a policy of ignoring or obstructing federal immigration policy.

 

“Our laws matter, our borders matter, our safety and security matter,” Chaney said.

 

While there are no jurisdictions currently in Idaho acting as a sanctuary community, Chaney says that recent changes in immigration policy by the Trump Administration may give rise to new attempts by local officials to obstruct immigration efforts.

 

“The safety of our citizens should not be compromised by political protest,” Chaney told the committee.  He added that while there is always room for disagreement on immigration policy, “compromising public safety isn’t the way to do it.”

 

The bill would only apply to those individuals otherwise arrested on misdemeanor or felony charges under Idaho law and specifically prohibits local law enforcement from arresting or detaining individuals solely on the basis of immigration status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Chaney Presents Bill to Ban Sanctuary Cities in Idaho

  1. Representative-
    Thank you for your public service.

    Please help me understand why this legislation is needed when we have federal, state, and local laws in place that are expected to be held by all citizens and visitors? I do not understand why it would be important or effective to spend time and money on this. Why not rely on the sound judgement of our police to uphold laws already in place?
    Thank you for your time.
    A concerned, active voter in Idaho.
    Jennifer

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  2. I agree with your bill to discourage sanctuary cities statewide. Ketchum does not need to be put in a position as Twin Falls was with immigrants that rape and disrupt the balance of a community. Immigrants are given too much – health care, dentistry, free food etc. What about our own citizens???? Thank you, Carol Cline

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  3. I am definitely not for Sanctuary Cities I attended the rallies protests and town hall meetings in both Boundary and Bonner Counties, and stood in opposition to Mayer Rongstad’s proposal. But there were several things about the articles on Rep. Greg Chaney’s Bill that concern me, such as…

    http://redoubtnews.com/2017/02/07/supporting-immigrant-community/
    This article and the one linked to it says;
    “Our laws matter, our borders matter, our safety and security matter,” Chaney said
    (My question is does he feel the some way about our immigration laws, because an illegal alien is still here illegally, changing the terms to “undocumented immigrants” or “immigration status” does not change the facts.)

    and the article says,
    “The bill I introduced would have zero impact on any undocumented immigrant that hasn’t also been arrested for a violation of state law.”
    (My Question, Is this a typo “undocumented immigrant” ?)

    To make matters worse, many on the left further confuse the issue by trying to blend the sanctuary city issue (affecting those here illegally) with the refugee issue (relating to who comes legally). Whether they are simply confused or intentionally trying to deceive, they are not helpful to the discussion. Blending the plight of the war refugee with the cause of the incarcerated undocumented immigrant does justice to neither the refugee nor the undocumented population at large.

    (My Question, the article says “many on the left further confuse the issue” may be so but who is confusing this issue? If the refugee, undocumented immigrant or illegal alien, crossed the border illegally, they have broken are laws and in addition “that” is unfair to those that have obtained a legal right to come here.)

    The article says that,
    The bill would only apply to those individuals otherwise arrested on misdemeanor or felony charges under Idaho law and specifically prohibits local law enforcement from arresting or detaining individuals solely on the basis of immigration status.
    And…
    Sets out procedures and penalties for cities and counties that violate the law.
    (SO… If a refugee, undocumented immigrant or illegal alien is known to be here illegally, there is nothing our local law enforce officers can do and our city and State can be penalized for any action they take ?)

    The article says
    What the proposal DOESN’T do:
    Doesn’t relate to the refugee program at all.
    Doesn’t attempt to overstep the state’s role in immigration by establishing a state-specific immigration policy. In fact, it prevents state, county, or city policies that run afoul of Federal priorities.
    ( My Question Really ?)

    Doesn’t seek to authorize or encourage local law enforcement to seek out those who have violated immigration law alone. On the contrary, it specifically prohibits it.
    (My Question, Did I totally misunderstand this ? I need to look into this a little deeper ! )

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