Bill to Penalize Harboring Havens Advances to Committee

2/11/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

A bill that would place penalties on HaboringHavens (or so-called “sanctuary cities”) has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

No time or date has been set as of yet for the public hearing on LD 1833, “An Act to Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities.”

Maine-First Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) is the lead sponsor of the bill.

Gov. Paul LePage reintroduced the bill this session.

Rep. Lockman says penalizing Harboring Havens is a step toward putting Mainers first and removing the handcuffs from around our police officers’ wrists — and putting them back on their belts.

Maine needs to shut off the magnet that draws illegal aliens and terrorists to seek cover here,” Rep. Lockman said. “In the state’s premier harboring haven — Portland — career criminal aliens have murdered Maine people because the city has handcuffed and muzzled its own police department. These killers should have been deported long before they had a chance to kill anyone. The blood of those victims is on the hands of the Portland politicians who enable the harboring of criminal aliens.

Rep. Lockman introduced the bill last year as well. However, the bill was voted down in both bodies of the legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted against the Harboring Havens penalties 22-13 (click here to see the roll call). Meanwhile, the Democrat-led House voted 77-59 against the bill (click here to see the roll call).

The votes in favor of protecting Harboring Havens came even after the original bill was watered down some.

Rep. Lockman says while he’d prefer entirely defunding Harboring Havens, this bill sends a message.

“In an ideal world, these Harboring Havens would be stripped of all state funding for schools and everything else they get from Augusta,” Rep. Lockman said. “Let’s see if they get the message with a $500 a day fine. If they don’t, I’ll bring legislation to totally defund any Harboring Havens in Maine.

Rep. Lockman also said he supports legislation holding politicians who support Harboring Havens criminally liable for any of the crimes illegals in the Harboring Haven commit.

The joint Judiciary Committee must give at least ten days notice before the public hearing. Maine First Media will follow this important bill as it moves through the legislative process.

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