Montana became the 13th state to ban sanctuary cities[/caption]
The move is largely symbolic as Montana currently has no sanctuary cities.
However, the governor sided with those who believe that the immigration havens lead to an increase in criminal activity.
Local Republicans claimed that the ban is necessary to prevent such problems as they pushed to be the 13th state to have sanctuary cities outlawed.
The bill had been passed in the state legislature earlier this year.
Republican Gov Greg Gianforte signed the bill on Wednesday[/caption]
He promised ‘immigration laws will be enforced in Montana’[/caption]
‘Today, I proudly signed a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Montana.”
The governor was praised by local Republicans who said during his election campaign that he would target immigration.
There were attempts by local conservatives to introduce a similar bill in the state in 2019 but then-Gov Steve Bullock, a Democrat, vetoed it.
“And with the help of Republican legislators in Helena, Governor Gianforte kept that promise by banning sanctuary cities.
Gianforte, a Trump ally (pictured together in 2018), has criticized the Biden administration over immigration[/caption]
Uncompliant jurisdictions could also be hit with fines.
“We don’t want that in Montana.
Migrants are processed at the intake area of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in Texas[/caption]
Young migrants are processed after crossing the border from Mexico into Texas[/caption]
“We have massive problems with Mexican meth coming into our state and we don’t want to be a haven for criminals,” Gov Gianforte continued.
“This trainwreck that we’re seeing along the southern border right now is largely down to the Biden administration taking away the tools from the border agents to secure our southern border.
However, opponents of the bill believe that it creates distrust between minority communities and law enforcement.
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This equals only 5,000 residents, less than half a percent of the state’s total population.