Legislation introduced last week establishes a criminal penalty for Georgia sheriffs who refuse to follow state law on sanctuary policies. Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, says House Bill 1105, the “Georgia Criminal Alien Track and Report Act of 2024,” would make it a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature for sheriffs to disregard current Georgia laws regarding “sanctuary” policies.

“These laws are currently being ignored by certain sheriffs who are sworn to honor and enforce state laws,” said Rep. Petrea. “Current state law requires Georgia sheriffs to report illegal aliens among confined individuals to the federal immigration authorities. However, this crucial requirement lacks teeth, as there are no penalties for noncompliance. 

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