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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill into law that bans "sanctuary cities" in the state.

The new law prohibits state agencies and local governments from adopting policies that block local law enforcement from detaining undocumented immigrants sought by federal authorities. There are no sanctuary cities in Montana right now. 

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A policy to increase local law enforcement's role in federal immigration investigations in Montana is nearing Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk. The state's Republican-led Legislature has passed the bill in both chambers and now it returns to the House after being amended in the Senate.

Montana Senate Moves Forward Bill To Ban Sanctuary Cities

Mar 16, 2021

The Montana Senate Monday offered its support to a controversial bill that would ban sanctuary cities in the state.

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Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to immigration policy.

Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy testifies on House Bill 200, which would ban "sanctuary cities" in Montana, Feb. 02, 2021.
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Talk about race or racism isn’t allowed as Montana lawmakers debate a bill that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities." That ruling came for a second time in the statehouse Tuesday as the House advanced the policy.

Capitol Talk: Tax Cuts, Pay Raises And A Republican Reversal

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gianforte's State of the State address was a mixture of Republican canon and bipartisan proposals. Lawmakers disagree whether an immigration bill has racist intent. A handful of Republicans change their minds about a bill to limit gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. And hefty raises for executive branch department heads raise some eyebrows.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Bill To Ban Sanctuary Cities Draws Heated Testimony

Jan 27, 2021

Montana Democrats say a Republican state House committee chair used a double standard during a hearing Tuesday to silence verbal testimony from bill opponents who brought up race when talking about a proposal to ban sanctuary cities in the state.

Montana Democrats say a Republican state House committee chair used a double standard during a hearing Tuesday to silence verbal testimony from bill opponents who brought up race when talking about a proposal to ban sanctuary cities in the state.

Alan Pelaez Lopez crossed the Mexico-US border at age 5 as an undocumented migrant. In this interview, they discuss various elements of their journey, from childhood to adulthood, as well as how they use art as activism. Alan Pelaez Lopez’s poetry offers an unflinching look at how humans treat one another, from the afro-indigenous slave trade to modern US legal practices that threaten a sense of history, identity, and deep humanity. In the face of all of this, Alan Pelaez Lopez retains a voice of resistance, love, hope, and even joy. This is an interview full of necessary truths, told from the heart.

The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday in Helena heard oral arguments from a lawsuit challenging immigration detentions in Lincoln County. The decision at a later date will have broad implications for the policy and practice of sheriffs across the state. 

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday the arrests of four Mexican citizens in Glacier County for suspected smuggling of undocumented immigrants. A fifth Mexican citizen is suspected of illegal re-entry into the country.

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