Senate Bill 59
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2021
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Jan 27, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jan 27, 2021
Latest Action
Jan 27, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
59
Congress
117
Policy Area
Immigration
Immigration
Primary focus of measure is administration of immigration and naturalization matters; immigration enforcement procedures; refugees and asylum policies; travel and residence documentation; foreign labor; benefits for immigrants. Measures concerning smuggling and trafficking of persons may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area. Measures concerning refugees may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
North Carolina
Indiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Arkansas
Arkansas
Oklahoma
South Dakota
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

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.

Text (1)
January 27, 2021
Actions (2)
01/27/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
01/27/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jan 28, 2021 5:27:13 AM
Updated
Apr 28, 2021 4:25:36 AM