As A State Senator, Hassan Voted To Kill Commonsense Legislation That Would Have Blocked Sanctuary Cities In NH
Concord - This afternoon, Senate Democrats blocked legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities that shield known illegal immigrants with criminal histories. In 2008, then-state Senator Maggie Hassan voted to kill legislation that would have blocked any effort to promote sanctuary city policies in New Hampshire and protect illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes.
As reported by CNN, "The subject gained national attention in July when 32-year-old Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times and previously convicted of seven other felonies but was released by San Francisco authorities after drug charges were dropped. The release came despite a request form U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Lopez-Sanchez to be detained."
The bill has been endorsed by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the National Sheriffs' Association, in addition to victims' rights organizations.
"Governor Hassan has demonstrated that she is willing to put her political considerations ahead of public safety concerns by opposing legislation that would penalize sanctuary cities," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "When illegal immigrants commit violent crimes in our country, they need to be arrested and immediately deported. Local officials should not provide these convicted criminals with a safe haven by promoting sanctuary city policies that ignore federal laws. Governor Hassan's support for sanctuary cities shows how extreme and out-of-touch her views are with New Hampshire's commonsense values."
In 2008, then-state Senator Maggie Hassan voted to kill SB 353, a bill that "provides that the state of New Hampshire and its political subdivisions shall not serve as a sanctuary for illegal aliens and requires state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws to the extent authorized by federal law." Full text of the bill can be found by clicking here.