SENATE BANS SANCTUARY CITIES
RICHMOND - This afternoon, after a lengthy floor debate, the Republican controlled Senate passed HB 2000 by Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) on a party line vote to permanently bar localities from adopting sanctuary city policies. The bill now heads to Governor McAuliffe's desk.
Said Senate Democratic Leader Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), "Currently, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. Therefore, there has been absolutely no demonstrated need for a bill like this -- which is sure to be vetoed by the Governor in short order."
Said Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), “Whether it is intentional or not, this is a messaging bill sending a message to immigrants, whether they are here legally or not, that they are not welcome. American citizens are being swept up in ICE raids along with undocumented immigrants. We are better than this as a Commonwealth.”
Said Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), "The Supremacy Clause already covers this. All this bill does is frighten children."
Said Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), "This bill sends a pretty clear message. It’s a message that we’re hearing a lot these days. This is a policy that isn’t American and it isn’t Virginian. Bills like this run counter to our values.”
Said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), “We’re already struggling to adequately fund our state police and now we’re increasing their workload. We do not have the resources to fund this measure, and it is counter-productive.”
Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), "Whenever our values are under attack - like they are when our colleagues try to pass bills like this - this Caucus will stand up and fight back."
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