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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Title(s) as Introduced

Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2021

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide a civil remedy for individuals harmed by sanctuary jurisdiction policies, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
01/28/2021Introduced in House

All Actions (7)

Date All Actions
03/05/2021Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/04/2021Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
02/04/2021Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H329-330)
Action By: House of Representatives
01/28/2021Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/28/2021Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/28/2021Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/28/2021Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary01/28/2021 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship03/05/2021 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure01/28/2021 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management02/04/2021 Referred to
House Financial Services01/28/2021 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/28/2021)

Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2021

This bill provides a private right of action against state and local jurisdictions with certain policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts, and contains additional provisions related to such jurisdictions. Currently, such cooperation is generally not required.

An individual (or certain relatives of such an individual) who is the victim of any felony for which an alien has been arrested, convicted, or sentenced to a prison term of at least one year may sue a state or local jurisdiction if the jurisdiction failed to comply with (1) certain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests related to arresting and detaining aliens, and (2) a DHS request to detain the alien in question or provide a notification about the release of the alien. A jurisdiction that accepts certain federal grants may not assert immunity in such a civil action.

A jurisdiction (or employee of a jurisdiction) that complies with certain DHS detainer requests shall be deemed to be acting as an agent of DHS. A complying jurisdiction or employee of the jurisdiction shall not be liable in any lawsuit relating to compliance with such requests. In a lawsuit against an employee of the jurisdiction, the United States shall be substituted in as the defendant, and remedies shall be limited to provisions for bringing tort claims against the federal government.