JACKSON (WNE) — Some legislators want to send millions out of state to help build a border wall and transport migrants from southwest states to sanctuary cities.
Titled “Border wall and sanctuary city transport,” the bill proposes that the governor enter contracts with the state of Texas, giving the state $3 million to help build a border wall, $250,000 of which could be used to transport non-citizens of the U.S. to sanctuary cities in other states.
The bill, which passed the Senate Appropriations committee 3-2 this week, proposes sending $2 million to Arizona with the same intent, and $250,000 to Florida for transporting migrants.
A sanctuary city is not a legal term, but refers to communities that have a written or unwritten practice of limiting their enforcement of, without violating, federal immigration law.
Sen. Mike Gierau, a Jackson Democrat, recently filed an amendment to gut the bill of all funding.
Instead of sending $5.25 million out of state for three projects, Gierau’s amendment proposed sending $1 to each instead.
The bill passed the appropriations committee 3-2 and will next be taken up in the Senate.