New Mexico Sanctuary State Bill Pushes Forward

SANTA FE In the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), passed Feb. 9 by a vote of 3-2.
HB 116 ensures that the state’s law enforcement funds are spent on protecting its communities from violent crime and community policing. It prohibits using state monies to enforce federal immigration laws.
“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,” Caballero said. “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 will allow hardworking law enforcement officers to concentrate on community policing – a more effective method of combating violent crime in the state. The bill will be heard next in the House Judiciary Committee.

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