Bill Would Allow Victims of Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities to Sue

Democrats Kavanaugh confirmation hearing protests set-up Trump biased judges political scotus cross peace crimes victimes illegal sanctuaryRep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., has introduced a bill that would allow victims of crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that is where the crimes occurred.

The legislation, called the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, would allow victims of crimes as long as 10 years ago to file a lawsuit against a sanctuary city where the crime occurred.

Illegal immigrants with past criminal convictions made up about 74% of arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2018, according to Pew Research Center.

“I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives,” Budd said in a press release.

Budd offered the bill July 25 after more areas in the United States became so-called sanctuary cities, which means they will not assist the federal government with immigration enforcement.

His bill would allow any victim of murder, rape, or any felony at the hands of an illegal immigrant to bring a lawsuit against the state or sanctuary city if the jurisdiction didn’t help with an immigration detainer request from the Department of Homeland Security.

Victims could sue the jurisdiction if the illegal immigrant “benefited from a sanctuary policy of the sanctuary jurisdiction.” Another stipulation is that the victim “would not have been so injured or harmed but for the alien receiving the benefit of such sanctuary policy,” the billsays.

“It strikes me as common sense to introduce and pursue legislation that allows families and victims recourse against municipalities and policies that have caused them so much damage,” Budd said in the press release. “Currently, they have none.”

Budd’s bill aims to make sanctuary cities accountable for not complying with Department of Homeland Security requests, and would require state and local governments to waive immunity in order to receive certain federal grants.

Some of the grants given to sanctuary cities also would be limited under the new bill, covering only public works, administrative expenses, grants for research, among others.

Sanctuary cities include such places as San Francisco, New Orleans, and Newark, New Jersey.

“I’m sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It’s time we do something about it,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., who introduced the bill with Budd.

“Not only will our legislation provide justice for victims, but it will push communities to abandon their reckless sanctuary policies and help disincentivize illegal immigration.”

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Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Shelby Talcott

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Skeptic Al

Sanctuary city officials who order subordinates to shield illegals being sought by federal authorities should be personally liable in both criminal court and in civil suits when the shielded aliens commit crimes harming any US citizen…

The Freezing Senior

If the feds wanted this Sanctuary City BS to stop they would have stopped it, they clearly
have the legal authority to do so.
With that in mind, we must ask ourselves why they have not.
I submit that this is part of the Deep State’s plan to overthrow our Republic.
Until they are forced to put a stop to this wonton lawlessness , I will support Rep. Budd’s bill to sue the DEMOCRAT traitors who espouse Sanctuary Cities.

Jack Thomas

Seeking a legal remedy for victims of violent crime suffered at the hands of “illegals” protected by Sanctuary City jurisdictions is admirable, but that alone doesn’t eliminate the root of the problem. Rep. Ted Budd and Rep. Bradley Byrne who introduced this bill need to re-think their overall approach. “I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives,” Budd said in a press release.” While this is absolutely true, it begs the question: Why not introduce legislation making Sanctuary Cities/States illegal? It seems to me that criminal penalties, not just revoking federal grants, would be a greater deterrent to mayors and governors who willfully defy ICE detainer requests and openly advocate “Sanctuary” policies.


I’m behind this Bill 100% – it’s preposterous that the mentally backward LW zealots wielding governing power over some of our beautiful states/cities don’t have the common sense given a retarded fly. If you let societal misfits from other third world counties flock into the U.S., there will be heinous crime follow with them. President Trump is right, those countries paying for their people to leave are happy to wave goodbye to those criminal elements plaguing their own society. You think those countries would easily let their own worthy leaders migrate away? It’s only fitting that our victims should be allowed to sue those self-appointed sanctuary havens to the hilt which is only an elementary recourse for the harm they will endure as victims the rest of their lives.


I believe they not only be allowed to sue, but these cities should lose ALL government benefits and funding. Better yet make it illegal. Enforcing the laws already on the books would help as well.

Stephen Russell

I say Yes & use deny grants to effect for CA alone, Hooray, & sue dble, triple amount for crimes

Wayne D Peterkin

This is a bill I can support! Imagine the parents of Kate Steinle getting some minimal justice for the death of their daughter! It’s about time! I generally oppose litigation that costs taxpayers in the end, but this is justified. Maybe if the taxpayers bear the cost in this case they’ll stop electing the morons giving sanctuary to lawbreakers.


Great – Its about time cities who allow illegals to commit crimes are held responsible.

Mike B.

As far as I’m concerned officials in sanctuary cities who refuse to cooperate with any Federal law enforcement organizations should be charged as co-conspirators to illegal alien crimes.

Rick J.

Nancy Pelosi will never bring this bill to the floor to be voted on.

R. Shoemaker

We need to view this like Product Liability. The crime committed by protected illegals in sanctuary cities is like a harmful product produced by a chemical or drug company. The “punitive” part of the award should resemble the huge amounts given in product liability cases.
The basis is that the amount must be large enough to cause the city officials to rethink their actions and large enough that they have to explain to voters why city budgets for services have to be cut back because of their reckless actions.
The plaintiff should be allowed to sue in any jurisdiction (since a local jury might try to protect the city).

William Barham

Not only should the city be sued but the state the city is in be sued also. (Aiding and Abetting).

Joseph Kiesznopski

i support this bill 100 %, it’s about time.


This may overall be a way to get our laws enforced concerning illegals. this nonsense has got to end.


It is about time.

Ronald March

None of this bs would be needed if only Congress would do their job and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Everything else is simply theater. This proposed legislation places burden on the victim to seek justice when Congress could have prevented 99% of the -problem in the first place.


Knowing how The Swamp works, sadly it probably end up no where.

William Rottschafer

I applaud these Reps for their bill. It’s to bad it won’t get passed by the left wing flaming liberals that control the House.


If this is what it takes to end these criminal a to activities then so be it. But our laws should already be effective in these matters.

Brenda Blunt

Absolutely NOT!!! they are illegals and have no American rights!!!! Soon, they will file suit for what was done to them while they were coming here! The illegals should NOT be allowed to be here at all!! The sanctuary cities.should be held responsible for whatever happens to them WITHOUT any help from any resources!!!!