Kansas lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to limit lawsuits against state officials who do not honor federal court orders to release undocumented immigrants, including by prohibiting local governments from detaining undocumented immigrants and requiring local governments to release them if the court orders are violated.
The bill, SB 906, would require states to develop a system to identify, notify, and hold responsible those who fail to comply with immigration laws, but it would also require states and localities to share information with federal authorities about the status of people released from jails, detention facilities, or other institutions, according to the law’s sponsors.
Lawmakers also are proposing a law that would allow undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes to be released if they can demonstrate they have no criminal history.
The Kansas Civil Rights Act would create a “federal civil rights commission” to address the problem, and would require local and state governments to cooperate with the commission, according the law.
The commission would also be required to have the authority to hold hearings to address allegations of discrimination and conduct an audit of local governments’ compliance with federal immigration law, according, according.
State lawmakers have not yet said how they plan to enact the legislation, which would require the governor to sign it into law.