SB 98 – Statewide Immigration Enforcement Agreements (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_98
This bill allows the Ohio attorney general to pursue a memorandum of agreement with the federal government to have police enforce civil immigration law. This agreement would be on behalf of the entire state, though participation by local communities is optional.
Primary Sponsors:Sen. Stewart (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Sen. Jordan (R), Sen. LaRose (R), Sen. Schaffer (R), Sen. Seitz (R)
Committee:State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs (S)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/sen129.nsf/Senate+Bill+Number/0098?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
SB 98 is an unnecessary extension of law that seeks to expand the problematic enforcement of federal civil immigration law by state and local police. Local police and sheriffs’ departments are already able to pursue formal agreements with the federal government to enforce civil immigration law under existing law, but only Butler County has opted in to these agreements. However, adding immigration enforcement to the duties of police departments has been plagued with problems across the country, and the vast majority of communities in Ohio have chosen not to participate in the available programs.