LANSING—Legislation that would help protect Michigan law enforcement agencies from violating the Constitution has been approved by the Legislature and is ready for Gov. Snyder’s signature, said sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones.
Senate Bill 94 would prohibit state and local officials from aiding the federal government in the detention of a U.S. citizen if charges are not brought. The National Defense Act allows the federal government to detain people for an unlimited time without charges being brought against them. Many other states are asserting 10th Amendment rights and passing laws to prevent their law enforcement officials from participating in an unconstitutional act.
“Today, the Michigan Legislature stands historically with the senators from 1855,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge
In 1855 Michigan stood against the federal Fugitive Slave Act. The liberty law was passed and gave escaped slaves habeas corpus and trial by jury.
“Today, we are saying that if the federal government grabs a citizen off the street and holds him against his will without charges, we will not assist with that unconstitutional act,” Jones added. “I would like to thank everyone who was involved in passing this bill, especially Representative Tom McMillin who helped move this bill through the house.”
The bill was supported by both the American Civil Liberties Union and Tea Party groups.