Reps. Antani, Keller introduce bill to ban sanctuary cities, school districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday, Rep. Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Rep. Keller (R-Middletown) introduced legislation that would ban sanctuary cities and sanctuary school districts. This comes after Dayton Public Schools’ Board of Education voted last week to become a sanctuary school district for illegal immigrants.

The school district’s new policy suggests the district does not have to cooperate with federal immigration officials, does not have to allow federal immigration officials inside school buildings, and bans the collection of immigrant statuses.

House Bill 169 would require the city or school district to cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding illegal immigration.

“Dayton Public School Board members voted to create a sanctuary school district last week, incentivizing more illegal immigrants to come to Dayton. We need to focus on improving the school district, and not providing safe harbor to illegal immigrants. I stand ready to help Dayton Public Schools improve their school districts, but will not allow scarce taxpayer resources to be used to incentive illegal immigrants to come to Dayton,” Rep. Antani said.

2 NEWS has reached out to Dayton Public Schools for comment and we are waiting to hear back.

Rep. Keller adds:

“I am proud to sponsor this legislation again, now with the help of my joint sponsor, Representative Niraj Antani. In the past few years, we have seen crimes, deaths, and other tragedies occur due to the policies of ‘sanctuary cities’. These are reckless policies whereby cities tie the hands of the police from complying with federal immigration laws and officials. This includes not allowing ICE to deport these criminals. Under these sanctuary city policies, law enforcement must release these criminals back onto our streets. Moreover, this trend is spreading into other political subdivisions—even our school districts! Immigration is a beautiful thing where people of different nationalities, backgrounds, ages, and faiths see the exceptional America is and want to partake of the American dream for themselves. However, we cannot continue to allow criminal illegal aliens to roam our streets and put our communities in danger. It is time for the citizens of Ohio stand up for safer communities—not the usurpation of federal laws that then allow criminal illegal aliens back on our streets.”

You can read the proposed bill in full below: 

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