Summary: H.R.516 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.516. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (01/11/2019)

Ending Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019

This bill makes state or local governments that violate immigration laws ineligible for federal financial assistance.

A governmental entity shall be ineligible if it

  • violates federal law by prohibiting its officials from communicating with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the immigration status of any individual,
  • restricts compliance with DHS detainer requests, or
  • has any laws or policies that violate immigration laws.

A DHS detainer request is an order or request to a state or local government to (1) temporarily hold or transport an alien for transfer into federal custody, or (2) notify DHS before releasing an alien from custody.

A government or law enforcement officer that complies with a DHS detainer request shall be acting under the color of federal authority, for the purposes of liability or immunity in a lawsuit filed by the detained individual.

The bill makes it unlawful for a state or local government to discharge or discriminate against one of its law enforcement officers for complying with a DHS retainer request.