Montana Governor signs statewide ban on sanctuary cities

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed into law a piece of legislation that put a strict ban on sanctuary cities across the state, according to The Washington Examiner.

The legislation, named HB200, would ban local law enforcement from adopting sanctuary city policies and goes so far as to put into the record punishment for cities that don’t comply with state law concerning illegal immigrants. 

The Republican governor made comments before signing the bill, saying, “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.

This is not the first time the state has attempted to enact legal punishment for local municipalities that attempt to defy state law. 

In 2019 the state legislature passed a similar bill, but the former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the measure in a move that left conservatives and the victims of crimes committed by illegals at a loss for recourse.

The state’s decision to enforce the criminality of illegal aliens comes as the crisis at the Southern border f the United States is growing to a fever pitch. 

Conservatives have long wished for local and state governments that would honor the federal laws that punish those who enter the country illegally, especially those who have a criminal record. 

Unfortunately, criminal activity by illegal aliens has continued, unchecked in some cases, because of the difficulty of tracking, and evicting, a person whose records aren’t passed between local, state, and federal officials, as they often aren’t, in sanctuary cities.