State Rep. Matt Hall is helping sponsor new legislation to uphold the country’s immigration laws by outlawing sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants in Michigan.
The plan prohibits all local governments from instituting or following any policy that protects illegal immigrants from deportation or prosecution due to their status.
Pockets of Kalamazoo, Wayne and Washtenaw counties have moved to become sanctuary areas and other cities have indicated they will not detain immigrants for federal immigration officials without a warrant, or have said they will not ask residents about their immigration status when investigating crimes.
“We have seen a crisis on our country’s southern border under Joe Biden,” said Hall, of Comstock Township. “In each of the last two months, there have been more migrant encounters on the southern border than any time in history and this is an issue that is only worsening. It is important to uphold our immigration laws and the people who are working to enforce them. Telling local law enforcement not to cooperate with federal officials who are working to uphold our laws is the wrong approach and hinders investigations.
“This plan will end these radical sanctuary practices and make it clear that our state acknowledges federal immigration law – instead of actively looking for ways around it.”
A recently approved House resolution sponsored by Hall, HR 290, urges Biden to shore up the border, enforce the country’s immigration laws and prioritize hard-working, law-abiding Americans. The second-term legislator noted decisions by Biden that have encouraged more illegal immigration – such as halting work on a border wall between the United States and Mexico, ending the national emergency that was previously in place at the border and suspending a policy that required asylum seekers to remain in Mexico for their immigration hearings. It was later ruled by a federal court that Biden’s suspension was improperly carried out and has since been reinstated.
The new plan regarding sanctuary cities and policies will soon be formally introduced.
“Democrats are yet again forcing a tax hike on the people and small businesses of Michigan,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “They already jacked up all kinds of burdensome state fees. Now this confusing tax increase on food and drink will increase costs on businesses like coffee shops and movie theaters and cause higher prices for customers.
“After failing to land other high-profile Ford deals, Gov. Whitmer gave away the store to bring Ford to Marshall,” Hall said. “But with Democrats pushing policies that make Michigan less competitive, the $1.7 billion in subsidies and tax incentives still fell short.”
“Even with $1.8 billion in taxpayer support, Ford doesn’t know if this plant can be competitive in Michigan, and it doesn’t make sense to throw millions more taxpayer dollars at a stalled project. Another $65 million isn’t going to make up for the uncompetitive agenda Democrats are pushing to ban natural gas and raise energy prices, add a new tax on workers, and raise even more taxes next year to pay for their $82 billion budget.”