Northam Breaks Sanctuary Promise

Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northham broke the promise he make during his election campaign to oppose sanctuary cities in Virginia. When asked if he would sign an anti-sanctuary bill, he stated, “If that bill comes to my desk . . . I sure will. I’ve always opposed sanctuary cities.” At the time many questioned the sincerity of this statement because Northam, as lieutenant governor, cast a tie-breaking vote that killed a bill against sanctuaries.

On April 9th, Northam broke his campaign pledge by vetoing legislation which would have outlawed sanctuary cities. The legislation, HB 1257, stated “No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”



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