Following the controversial not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) introduced a bill that would impose tough penalties on elected officials in sanctuary cities.
Under the Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act, state and local lawmakers could face up to five years of prison time and a fine of up to $1 million for refusing to comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
"These sanctuary cities need to end. They harbor illegal criminals. And if these politicians don't obey a valid, constitutionally-upheld federal law, if they're going to act like criminals themselves, then we ought to lock them up," Rokita said on "Fox & Friends."
The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent.
— Rep. Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita) December 4, 2017
Last week, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who already had been deported back to Mexico five times, was acquitted in the 2015 murder of Steinle on a San Francisco pier.
Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail just three months before the shooting, despite a federal request that he be held for deportation.
Rokita said that ignoring a federal custody order is a violation of federal law, and it should be treated as a felony.
He said the bill is "picking up steam," and he expects to get more support as his fellow lawmakers learn more about it.
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