King introduces bill that could jail sanctuary officials

King introduces bill that could jail sanctuary officials

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingBiden called Booker to ease tensions after remarks about working with segregationists: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates MORE (R-Iowa) on Monday announced a bill that would penalize local and state officials who help enforce so-called sanctuary policies.

The Libby Schaaf Act, named after the Oakland, Calif., mayor who earlier this year alerted residents about a planned immigration sweep, aims to prevent local officials from aiding immigrants in the country illegally.

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“I want lawless, Sanctuary City politicians to hear this message clearly: if you obstruct ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], you are going to end up in the cooler,” King said in his announcement of the bill.

King, one of the most fervent opponents of immigration in Congress, said there was debate about the legality of Schaaf’s actions and his bill would get rid of any doubt about the law.

The Trump administration has been heavily opposed to sanctuary cities — cities that offer protections for immigrants in the country illegally — and President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE has said that Schaaf should be prosecuted.

Schaaf responded to Trump’s calls by saying that, “in Oakland, we are not obstructing justice. We are seeking it.”

ICE chief Thomas Homan and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Trump admin program sends asylum-seekers to await claims in Mexico, despite fears of violence: report MORE have also petitioned the Justice Department to prosecute sanctuary city officials.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department sued California over alleged interference with federal immigration policies through its sanctuary laws.