Greg Gianforte, the GOP Governor of Montana, recently signed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities throughout the entire state. This bill would require various cities across Montana to cooperate with federal immigration laws. Gianfote added that this bill is designed to reduce escalating levels of criminal activity.
“We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana. Criminal, illegal aliens who pose public safety threats to our communities have no sanctuary in Montana,” Gov. Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) told the @DailyCaller before signing the bill.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 31, 2021
In addition, this bill will also provide empowerment to the Montana State Attorney General to take legal action against jurisdictions that fail to align with federal laws on immigration. These legal actions can include withholding state funds and levying fines.
Sanctuary cities do not yet exist in Montana, and opponents of the bill have argued that it will merely enhance conflicts between law enforcement and minority communities.