Idaho bill would withhold tax revenues from cities that become immigrant ‘sanctuaries’


If cities don’t want to follow the law, pull their tax incentives. Let the people of the city pay for the illegal actions. 

The measure sponsored by Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, would effectively bar immigrant sanctuary-city policies and deny state sales tax revenue to any jurisdiction that adopted such a policy.

The bill was introduced in committee Monday. It follows a presidential executive order last week that threatens to deny federal funds to such jurisdictions.

“While Idaho is a wonderful place for refugees, immigrants of all types to move to, those that are seeking to avoid prosecution or deportation based on other criminal activities, we don’t want to become a magnet for those individuals,” Chaney said. 

He said the bill does not seek to have local authorities police immigration violations.

“Sanctuary city” is a term broadly applied to localities whose policies limit local cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Four states, 364 counties and 39 U.S. cities have some version of a limitation, according to the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. Idaho has none; Boise city officials say they have no plans to take such a step.

“Idaho is recognized as one of the safest states in the nation and our local law enforcement does a superb job,” House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding said in a statement. “This bill is a solution in search of a problem and will further marginalize those members who work hard to support their families.”

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Via AP