Rep. Wants Jail, Fines for Officials Who Create ‘Sanctuaries’

‘We ought to lock THEM up…’

(Katie J. Read, Liberty Headlines) An Indiana congressman says lawless politicians should be threatened with jail time or high fines.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) introduced his legislation, Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (also known as the SLAP bill), which penalizes the makers and enforcers of law when they ignore laws about immigration enforcement.

Rokita appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends Tuesday to discuss his bill with anchors Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy.

“If (politicians) are going to act like criminals themselves, if they are going to put the interest of these illegal immigrant criminals above the safety of their own citizens, we ought to lock them up,” Rokita said.

If the SLAP Bill is enacted, government employees who are discovered neglecting laws about immigration enforcement could spend up to five years and jail or pay fines of up to $1 million.

Rokita used the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle to highlight the dangers that follow politicians who disregard policy regarding immigrants.

Steinle was fatally shot in San Francisco on July 1, 2015, and undocumented Mexican immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, was found by police to be in possession of the firearm that caused Steinle’s death.

“Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so,” Rokita said in the statement.

Doocy pointed out that Zarate had been charged with seven felonies, had been deported five times, and had been marked by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The American public was shocked when the jury announced its decision that it found Zarate not guilty on Nov. 30.

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“The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent,” Rokita said in a statement announcing his bill. “Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with.”

Rokita said he expects to receive significant support for his bill, especially from his Republican counterparts in Congress.

He also made a call for constituents to contact their representatives and voice their support for the legislation.

“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” Rokita said.