For Immediate Release
February 13, 2018
RICHMOND – Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) issued the followings statement today regarding the passage of his legislation (HB 1257) banning sanctuary cities in Virginia:
“It is critical that our localities follow all federal laws, and don’t pick and choose which ones they will enforce. My legislation banning sanctuary cities in Virginia ensures that all localities abide by federal immigration laws. It’s a matter of public safety and upholding the rule of law—a fundamental principle of our system of government. The next step is passage by the Senate and then on to the Governor’s desk where I look forward to Governor Northam signing the legislation as he promised he would do during his campaign for governor.”
House Bill 1257 provides that no locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law. Similar legislation (HB 2000) was vetoed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe last year.
Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected in November 2017. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Finance Committee, the Courts of Justice Committee, and he is chair of the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee. In addition, he is House Co-Chairman of the Conservative Caucus.