Ask Montana Senators to vote ‘no’ on HB 223
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.
HB 223 is especially dangerous because it not only asks, but compels local law enforcement to play the part of federal immigration agents.
We still have a chance to kill this bill that would be so harmful to our communities.
Ask our list of target Senators to vote no on HB 223!
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 HB 223.
It’s bad for our communities, bad for local law enforcement, and bad for Montana.
Senate Majority Leader Mark Blasdel
Senator Duane Ankney
Senator Terry Gauthier
Senator Bruce Gillespie
Senator Doug Kary
Senator Daniel Salomon
Senator Jason Small
Senator Jeff Welborn
Senator Chris Friedel
Senator Walt Sales
Senator John Fitzpatrick