Under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, undocumented pregnant women are ineligible for federally-funded prenatal care. The Act also denies them access to care funded by state and local governments, unless the state passes a law affirmatively extending eligibility to unauthorized immigrants. In 2002, the U.S.
As members of Congress prepare to return to Washington, D.C. from the summer recess, the future of U.S.
House Bill (HB) No. 50, introduced by State Representative David Howard, prohibits local government from enacting, adopting, implementing, enforcing, or referring to the electorate immigration sanctuary policies. It also allows state agencies to withhold funds to local governments that do not comply with the provisions of the bill. Additionally, a person domiciled in Montana can seek a writ of mandamus to compel compliance with the bill.