North Carolina, Michigan and Texas are among states trying to pass laws to crack down on “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants from being deported, USA Today reports.
The efforts come in the wake of the July death of Kathryn Steinle, a San Francisco woman shot by a criminal illegal immigrant who’d been released from jail instead of being handed over to federal immigration officials – a case that triggered a House bill cracking down on sanctuary cities.
The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill next week.
But states also are moving in that direction with the first state law targeting sanctuary cities about to be signed into law in North Carolina.
“Everyone says, ‘It’s a federal government problem.’ No, it isn’t. The federal government is not doing its job, so it’s our problem,” state GOP Rep. George Cleveland of Jacksonville, N.C., tells USA Today.