PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – State Representative Martina White cited the alleged rape of a young girl by a Honduran man in the country illegally to promote the necessity of a bill she’s written in Harrisburg that would hold sanctuary cities liable in Pennsylvania for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

White, during an interview with Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, warned that, under the current policy, the man could soon be released again.

“This man, he has been charged with raping a child. He’s not convicted yet, but if he isn’t, then, according to Philadelphia sanctuary city policy, he’s going to be released back on to the streets of Philadelphia instead of being deported by federal authorities, all because our Mayor has decided to not cooperate with our federal authorities and immigration enforcement. This felon belongs on the streets of Honduras, not to walk freely on the streets of Philadelphia.”

She feels confident her legislation has the support necessary to become law.

“A family has now been broken apart because of it. This is happening in various sanctuary cities across our country. I think that Republicans and Democrats are recognizing that this is a very toxic policy and it needs to be corrected. I think that you’re going to find that, out in Harrisburg, we are the type of legislature that is bi-partisan. We work together and we find solutions for issues like this. I think that this is going to be a bill that really, really is going to be successful.”