Republican Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill on Wednesday that bans sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities that have pledged that their local police departments will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Local law enforcement agencies are now required to follow federal immigration law or face penalties for not complying. The law allows the attorney general to bring civil action “to compel compliance by a state agency or local government. A similar bill was vetoed by former Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in 2019.
Violators of the new law could have grants withheld and face fines up to “$10,000 every five days that the state agency or local government is not in compliance with the provisions.”
“We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana. Criminal, illegal aliens who pose public safety threats to our communities have no sanctuary in Montana,” said Gianforte to the Daily Caller before signing the bill.
Read the bill here: