A measure that seeks to outlaw sanctuary cities in Louisiana advanced out of a House committee. The term is applied to some cities in the US that have policies designed to not prosecute undocumented immigrants.
The bill is by Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges who says sanctuary cities are a national security threat.
"They are a threat to law and order in our country," said Hodges.
Attorney General Jeff Landry supports the bill saying this would give officers a tool to ask a possible offender what their immigration status is and to show ID. But Amite Representative Robby Carter feels that would lead to racial profiling.
"If there is a guy who ICE wants let them have him," said Carter. (re: removal of requirement ICE get a warrant before detainment.)
"But how can you tell it's him? Do you expected him to just tell us?" said Landry.
The bill will go before a full House vote now.