Stop Draconian Anti-Immigrant Bills!

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Laws that harm immigrants, put our communities at risk, and impose draconian fines on cities and towns that decide not to devote resources toward immigration enforcement do not belong in Montana.

HB 200 and HB 223 ask local police to play the role of federal immigration officers and make it illegal for localities to establish policies that would prohibit spending local resources to help ICE detain and deport people.

Take Action: Ask your Senator to vote no on these anti-immigrant bills!

When local police are tasked with enforcing federal immigration law, our communities become less safe. It opens the door to increased racial profiling by local law enforcement, and makes people scared to report crime. Nobody wins.

Immigrants are woven into the fabric of Montana. Their experiences and contributions strengthen and diversify our towns and cities. Immigrants should be afforded the same civil liberties that are afforded to other Montanans, and not be forced to live in fear.

Take action against these bills. They are bad for our communities, bad for local law enforcement, and bad for Montana.

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Vote Against HB 200 and HB 223

I am writing to ask you to vote against HB 200 and HB 223.

HB 223 asks local law enforcement to take on the role of federal immigration officials.

By authorizing local police to enforce federal immigration detainers this bill:
• exposes our cities and towns to liability and lawsuit,
• opens the door to profiling and civil rights violations,
• and makes Montanans less safe by diverting scarce resources and eroding trust between communities and law enforcement.

HB 200 is an unfunded mandate that imposes draconian fines on cities and towns that don’t devote resources toward immigration enforcement. HB 200 makes it illegal for localities to opt out of enforcing immigration detainers, putting both our immigrant communities and cities and towns at risk. That is not the Montana I know and love.

When local law enforcement is forced to act as federal immigration agents, their entire communities become less safe. Asking our police to do the work of federal immigration agents threatens the civil rights and safety of us and our neighbors. Please don’t force our cities and our police into such a compromising position.

HB 200 and HB 223 are bad for local communities, bad for local law enforcement, and bad for Montana. Please vote no on these bills.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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