Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King introduced a bill that would imprison government officials who warn about impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.
The bill, H.R. 5884, otherwise known as the “Mayor Libby Schaaf Act of 2018,” is in reference to the Democratic mayor of Oakland, Calif., who sent out a message in February saying she had heard from multiple sources of a possible crackdown on illegal immigrants in the area, one day before a massive sweep by ICE.
The bill, which was officially introduced Friday, would imprison sanctuary city officials for up to five years for obstructing ICE in their “efforts to enforce immigration laws.”
“Sanctuary politicians are placing the lives of citizens and law enforcement officers in jeopardy by giving illegal aliens warnings about impending ICE actions in local jurisdictions,” King said in a statement Monday. “This is obstruction of justice, and Americans do not have to put up with it. Under my bill, government officials who tip off illegal aliens about imminent federal immigration enforcement efforts could face up to five years in prison.”
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