Last Friday, Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita introduced a bill that could fine and imprison public officials if they interfere with federal immigration authority efforts.

The legislation targets sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. Offering sanctuary to illegals means there is no cooperation from local law enforcement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Under the Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act, violators would face up to five years of prison time and a fine of up to $1 million for ignoring ICE requests.

Trump has already attempted to deal with this issue. But last month, a federal judge permanently blocked his executive order that would have cut funding from sanctuary cities.

Republicans have pointed to the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco as a reason to support the bill.

Jose Garcia Zarate, the illegal who murdered Steinle, had been in jail for a marijuana charge just months before Steinle’s death. San Francisco officials did not notify ICE. Instead, the city released the felon back into the population.

Jane Heneger, the executive director of Indiana ACLU, sees the bill has an attempt to “bully” local communities into enforcing current immigration laws.

“Even if these laws aren’t passed, just proposing them sends a signal to immigrant neighbors that they need to be fearful, that they should not cooperate with local police and we aren’t a welcoming country and community,” Heneger said.

She forgot to acknowledge that Americans no longer care about the message sent to illegals when current immigration laws are enforced. Americans are tired of the crime, mooching, and gang activity illegals bring with them.

According to Liberals, Democrats, and Progressives (all euphemisms for Communists), illegal aliens commit crimes at a lower rate than the native population. How true is this assertion?

A story published by The Hill last month about two studies claiming that “immigrants commit less crime than U.S. born citizens”conflates illegal alien crimes with crimes committed by legal aliens.

And the existing records on those crimes, like with Steinle, are truly shocking.

In the summer of 1993, the city of Houston, TX was shaken to its core at the discovery of two bodies located near an area with a lot of illegal aliens.

The bodies were that of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena. The two young teens had been ambushed by a gang of illegals, brutally gang raped, and then beaten to death. They were on their way home, trying to make curfew.

This is just one example of the types of horrific crimes committed by those here illegally.

But propaganda from the Left buries these types of crimes into data mixed with all immigrant crimes.

The Cato study stated that “legal and illegal immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives.” The Sentencing Project concluded in their report that “foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens.”

Suspiciously, these reports use surveys instead of actual data on criminal activity.

The Sentencing Project measures “crime and related behavior based on self-reported accounts of behavior.”

Cato uses the United States Census American Community Survey (ACS). But these studies provide little clarity into how many crimes are actually committed by illegals. And that’s the point.

There is little incentive for criminal aliens to self-report their crimes. Many who responded to these surveys will likely failed to disclose their lack of citizenship out of fear of discovery and deportation.

With the death of Kate Steinle, it’s become apparent that the real data on illegal alien crime rates is being hidden from the general public.

The SLAP bill addresses the lack of safety citizens are subject to at the hands of illegals. There is no reason an elected official or otherwise should ignore federal law and put American citizens at risk.

The state of Texas has already passed a similar law.

Bill SB 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. It also punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers.”

Any requests made by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation must be fulfilled or the government official can receive jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000.

SLAP, like SB-4, addresses a truth that no Liberal or Progressive wants to hear: none of the millions of crimes committed by illegal aliens would occur if they were not in the country in the first place or were deported when they were caught instead of being turned loose to repeatedly prey on other victims.

Kate Steinle’s family understands this all too well.