New Mexican Values Prevail As Sanctuary State Bill Pushes Forward
Bill Protecting Immigrant Communities Passes First House Committee
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, House Bill 116, sponsored by Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), passed by a vote of 3-2. HB 116 ensures that our state’s law enforcement funds are spent on protecting our communities from violent crime and community policing. It prohibits using state monies to enforce federal immigration laws, which President Donald Trump says he will use to tear our communities and immigrant families apart.
"In these very trying times, when there is a national threat against our immigrant community, it is our responsibility as legislators to ensure New Mexico's values and cultural diversity remain strong,” said Representative Caballero. “We are a majority-minority state and we must protect the majority of our population from living in fear when they go to work, drive their kids to school, or even just leave home."
HB 116 is in response to President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric painting immigrants as murderers, rapists, and criminals, and his pledge to deport millions of immigrants. HB 116 will allow our hardworking law enforcement officers to concentrate on community policing – a more effective method of combating violent crime in our state. The bill will be heard next in the House Judiciary Committee.