Senate Approves Bill Addressing Sanctuary Cities

HARRISBURG – Senator Jake Corman (R-34) today voted 37-12 to advance legislation that supports enforcement of federal laws requiring municipalities to report illegal immigrants who pose a danger to Pennsylvania communities and residents. The measure passed by a vote of 37 to 12.

Senate Bill 10, requires cities and counties to honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for those who are arrested by local authorities.

“Failing to fulfill a federal detention and deportation requests only jeopardizes the safety of citizens legally residing in these communities,” Corman said. “This bill adds penalties for those who fail to honor detainer requests from ICE when someone has been arrested by law enforcement.”

Under the bill, municipalities that do not enforce federal immigration policy would not be eligible for state grants for law enforcement purposes and could be sued for negligence for releasing an individual with a detainer who subsequently committed another crime.

Senate Bill 10 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

CONTACT:          Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov