INDIANAPOLIS (WAVE) - Representative Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) is taking aim at sanctuary cities and the politicians who shelter immigr ants living there who came into the country illegally.
Rokita is introducing a controversial bill, called the Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians, or SLAP Act, that would hold local and state politicians criminally liable for not upholding federal immigration laws.
His bill proposes penalties of up to five years in jail and up to $1 million in fines if convicted.
Rokita said immigration laws are there for a reason and politicians need to be held accountable for not upholding those laws.
"You know, if you're a local or state elected official who doesn't follow the law and in fact, acts like a criminal him or herself, then we ought to treat you like a criminal and lock you up too," Rep. Rokita said. "And that's the felony part of this."
Rokita said his bill is getting positive feedback from other Congressmen looking to uphold immigration laws. But not all in his state agree.
Representative Andre Carson (D-Indiana) sent this statement about the SLAP Act:
WAVE 3 News will continue to follow the bill's progress.
Rokita is one of the Republicans challenging incumbent Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly for his senate seat in 2018.
Donnelly sent us this statement in response for comment on Rokita's bill: