For the second year in a row, Governor Northam refused to sign a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Virginia. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Senate Bill 1156 would ban Virginia localities from adopting policies that are “intended to restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” While the term “sanctuary cities” is loosely defined, no Virginia locality has claimed the designation, though localities handle requests from federal immigration officials differently.
The bill was introduced in the Senate by Dick Black (R-Loudoun). It was passed in the Senate 21-19 and in the House 51-47. Party line votes.
It seems it’s ok with the Democrats in Richmond if Virginia cities don’t want to work with the federal government to detain criminal illegal immigrants until the feds arrive and begin deportation. Democrats would prefer criminals to be turned loose in our communities.
Governor Northam’s reason for vetoing the bill,
“The safety of our communities requires that all people, whether they are documented or not, feel comfortable, supported and protected by our public safety agencies,”
Huh? We need to support criminal illegal aliens and make them feel comfortable? Didn’t we recently hear something similar from the Governor? Sounds like what he wants to do with the babies after birth, make them warm and comfortable until the doctors and the mother decide the child’s fate, life or death. Most people feel criminal aliens released in our communities should be treated differently than an innocent, newborn, baby. But Northam wants them treated the same way except the alien gets a better deal than the baby, the criminal won’t be killed or allowed to die. Unlike the infant the illegal immigrant gets to live his life, carrying on with his criminal activities because he’s protected in a sanctuary city.