DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has opposed a bill introduced Tuesday in Columbus that would penalize entities with designate themselves as immigrant sanctuaries.
“It’s a made-up issue by the Representative because he’s preparing for a right-wing primary and he wants to be extreme on the backs of Dayton students,“ said Mayor Whaley.
House Bill 169 aims to ban sanctuary cities and sanctuary school districts. It threatens to cut homeland security and state funding if entities identify as immigrant sanctuaries. This bill also allows people who are victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants to seek legal action against a school or city. The bill said welcoming undocumented immigrants puts public safety at risk.
In general, cities or schools that identify as sanctuaries choose to not comply cooperate with federal immigration officials.
Co-sponsor of the bill, Representative Niraj Antani (R) Miamisburg, said in a statement that he “will not allow scarce taxpayer resources to be used to incentive illegal immigrants to come to Dayton.“
The bill comes a few years after the city of Dayton self-identified as a ‘welcoming city’ and a week after Dayton Public Schools declared themselves a ‘Safe and Welcoming’ district. Neither have labeled themselves as ‘sanctuaries’.
“We think that anyone who lives in the city is welcome to talk to police officers, to be in our school district. We don’t do the federal government’s job for them,“ Whaley said.
Representative Antani said, “We need to focus on improving the school district, and not providing safe harbor to illegal immigrants.“
Nan Whaley told 2 News she did not expect the bill to have an impact on the city. “To use scare tactics in a primary election is a sad case in our legislative system right now.“
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