GOP Senator Pens Bill to Allow Angel Families to Sue Sanctuary Cities for the Death of Their Family Member

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Several Republican lawmakers are joining forces to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act on Tuesday, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who are co-sponsors of the legislation.

This legislation would grant the surviving family members of those killed by illegal immigrants the ability to sue cities, counties, or states that protect undocumented residents with “sanctuary” policies.

The bill provides “a private right of civil action for the victims of sanctuary jurisdictions, allowing them to bring an action for compensatory damages against the sanctuary jurisdiction as a result of a violent crime committed by an illegal immigrant.”

“It’s disturbing to see sheriffs across North Carolina establish sanctuary jurisdictions, releasing dangerous individuals back into communities while refusing to notify federal immigration officials,” Tillis said in a statement. He added:

“If politicians want to prioritize reckless sanctuary policies over public safety, they should also be willing to provide just compensation for the victims. The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act is common sense legislation that will enhance public safety and hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for their refusal to cooperate with federal law enforcement.”

Graham called the legislation “long overdue” because “there must be consequences for governments and entities that gamble with public safety, refuse to work with federal officials, and refuse to deal with felons here illegally.”

“This legislation empowers individuals who are the victims of these entities and governments’ poor decisions,” he added.

Additionally, Grassley called on those who refuse to comply with federal immigration law to “be held to account by our citizens when such reckless endangerment leads to more violent crime.”

“We are a nation of laws,” Grassley said. “Whether you are a citizen, immigrant or even a local government, disregarding those laws should carry consequences.”

Pointing to those who are “tired” of seeing the laws “flouted and criminal illegal immigrants enabled to commit future crimes and escape prosecution,” Cruz called policies of sanctuary jurisdictions a “dangerous affront to the rule of law” and claimed these policies “only exasperate the crisis at our border.”

Ernst mirrored her colleagues in calling out the “serious problem,” writing:

“Our common sense bill will put a check on these sanctuary jurisdictions, provide a pathway for victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to seek justice, and enhance and promote public safety.”

“Our nation’s laws exist for a reason,” Blackburn bluntly said, adding, “It’s time we put the public safety of our citizens above the sanctuary of an immigrant who has come to our country illegally.”

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Helene Moeck

Good for them. Sanctuary cities are a joke. They still get their money from the federal govt even though they are breaking federal laws

George Peters

yeah, but let one of those lovely illegal do anything to a member of the lovers family, and they would be out screaming for the death penalty.


great idea……..blood is on their hands………gotta get DEEP in their pocketbooks……

Dave Hardesty

This is good. The Judges, prosecutors and parole board members, along with the governors and mayors of the ‘sanctuary’ states that condoned the release of these violent offenders back onto our streets should be sued as well.


Great idea that will go nowhere as long as the Dems control the House. Count on them voting to protect the illegal invaders over the safety of actual Americans.


This warms my ❤️! I didn’t notice if the cities sued would have to have been the ones that the particular immigrant who committed the crime had been harbored?

Wayne Gadow

I like the idea but would like to see a cap on the percentage that the lawyers may charge (maybe 25% vs the 40%+.) That way, the aggrieved will will be better compensated……even better would be ‘pro bono.’ It would get the ‘I’ll follow only the laws I like’ offenders attention ASAP.


The only winners in this scenario are the lawyers. No amount of money will bring a loved one back.





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