Victims of illegal alien crimes may soon be able to sue sanctuary cities

Republican Representative from North Carolina Thom Tillis sent out a press release on Tuesday which details upcoming legislation that will give a voice to those victimized by illegal aliens protected by sanctuary city policies.

“The legislation creates a private right of civil action for the victims of sanctuary jurisdictions, allowing them to bring an action for compensatory damages against the sanctuary jurisdiction as a result of a violent crime committed by an illegal immigrant,” it reads. “Any sanctuary city or jurisdiction that refuses to waive its immunity as it relates to sanctuary-related civil action would be subject to the withholding of certain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.”

Tillis drew inspiration for this legislation from his own home state of North Carolina, which has a number of “sanctuary jurisdictions” that refuse to cooperate with ICE and other immigration officials.

The announcement also included an anecdote supporting the need for such a law, though one could argue that forcing counties to turn criminals over to the proper authorities should not need emotional appeal, but rather a common sense reaction to crimes committed.

“Earlier this month, the Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff’s Office refused to notify ICE and comply with a lawful detainer request when it released a dangerous illegal immigrant from county jail who was charged with multiple domestic violence charges for strangling a woman and threatening to kill her. This was only one of more than 20 troubling instances this year of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office releasing potentially dangerous individuals after refusing to comply with detainer requests. The reckless sanctuary policy prompted criticism from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.”

A similar situation took place in Seattle, where an illegal alien was arrested for raping a wheelchair-bound woman twice. He served less than a year, was released, and then proceeded to immediately track the woman down and assault her again.

Following his sentence, Fox News reports that he was mandated to return to Mexico as part of his plea deal. That clearly didn’t happen.

In 2018, Martin Gallo-Gallardo was released on bond following domestic violence charges and went on to murder his wife and dump her body in a ditch. ICE had placed a civil detainer on him while he was initially detained in Portland, Oregon, but it was not honored by the sheriff’s office. Multnomah County insisted that they did not receive any such detainer requests.

These states and counties go out of their way to protect illegal immigrants in ways they wouldn’t afford to actual citizens, which puts everyone in danger. Knowingly releasing a criminal back into society to inflict harm upon the American populace should be criminally punished, and it’s a good thing someone is willing to stand up to progressives who put the “right” to be in America above the actual rights of everyone else.

This announcement drew liberals out of their caves and boy were the results predictable. Accusations of racism and bigotry abound. One guy actually asked why victims of illegal immigrants “deserve justice” more than anyone else. Counter-point: Why does he think illegal aliens deserve more protections than anyone else?

How is legislation that protects victims of crime this controversial?


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