GOP presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said during an interview Monday with Boston Herald Radio that mayors of “sanctuary cities” should be arrested and sued.
“I would hold them as an accomplice, make them criminally culpable. I’d also make them civilly liable so that families -- victims' families -- could sue,” Jindal said of those who run cities that are "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants.
In these so-called "sanctuary cities" undocumented immigrants do not have to be reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless they commit violent crimes.
“Especially if the prosecutors aren’t taking action or the mayor’s not changing their ways," Jindal added, "I’d allow the families to go to court to sue them civilly as well to recover damages.”
Jindal’s comments come after an announcement last Thursday regarding a “partners in crime” plan that would hold city officials responsible for the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants living in their cities. The plan proposed legislation that would make city officials “an accessory” to those crimes.
“You say something absurd, you fearmonger, you play to the crowd, you try to create the crowd and the mob -- and we’re smarter than that,” Joseph Curtatone, mayor of sanctuary city Somerville, Massachusetts, said in response to Jindal's comments.
“We're better than that," he added. "To say a blanket statement that sanctuary cities in and of itself spur someone to commit a heinous crime is really offensive.
"And his proposal to arrest mayors? Well, come and get me. Come and get me, I’m right here."
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