Steve King, (R-IA), took a direct shot at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who purposely told illegal immigrants about an ICE raid before it happened, Monday with H.R. 5884, better known as the “Mayor Libby Schaaf Act of 2018,” reports The Washington Examiner.
The bill, officially introduced on Friday, would slap so-called sanctuary city officials with a prison sentence of up to five years for obstructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials’ “efforts to enforce immigration laws.”
“Sanctuary politicians are placing the lives of citizens and law enforcement officers in jeopardy by giving illegal aliens warnings about impending ICE actions in local jurisdictions,” King said in a Monday statement. “This is obstruction of justice, and Americans do not have to put up with it. Under my bill, government officials who tip off illegal aliens about imminent federal immigration enforcement efforts could face up to 5 years in prison.”
“I want lawless, Sanctuary City politicians to hear this message clearly: if you obstruct ICE, you are going to end up in the cooler,” King said.
King’s bill emulates legislation recently signed into law by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Abbott’s sanctuary city ban allows the state to bring criminal charges against police and local officials refusing to cooperate with ICE operations in the state. The ban also raises civil penalties for organizations, including the colleges, harboring illegal immigrants.
Schaaf infamously tipped off 800 illegal immigrants to pending ICE operations in Oakland back in February on what she called “legal and moral” grounds.
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both hammered Schaaf’s actions during a recent roundtable discussion at the White House over Sanctuary city laws and the Mayor of Oakland.
Sessions accused the Oakland mayor of promoting a “radical, open borders agenda” during a March speech in California, and POTUS suggested just last week that the Justice Department open an investigation into her warnings to illegal immigrants.