For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018
Contact: Delegate Ben Cline
RICHMOND – Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) announced today that he has accepted an offer from the administration of Governor Ralph Northam to discuss potential amendments to his legislation (HB 1257) banning sanctuary cities in Virginia that will ensure its signature into law.
“I welcome the Northam administration’s efforts to work with me to ensure passage of this important piece of legislation,” said Cline. “I am pleased that his office has expressed a willingness to work with me to ensure that the bill can be signed into law. I look forward to the discussion and hope we can reach an agreement to ensure our immigration laws are enforced here in Virginia.”
During consideration today of the bill by the Courts of Justice Subcommittee #1, Cline questioned Jae K. Davenport, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, about the Governor’s position on the bill. When Deputy Secretary Davenport indicated a willingness to work on acceptable language with the patron, Cline accepted the offer and moved that the bill be continued to a future meeting of the subcommittee. Cline has reached out to the Governor’s office to schedule a meeting, but he has not yet received a response.
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.