Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for Congress to pass laws declaring mayors of “sanctuary cities” accessories to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and to subject municipal officials to civil lawsuits by victims of the crimes.

Jindal is a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“My plan will hit these lawless city leaders where it hurts by holding them directly accountable for crimes,” Jindal said in a statement from his campaign. “If on their watch, an illegal immigrant breaks the law, we will count sanctuary city leaders as accessories and force them to pay for these crimes. Sanctuary city leaders are flouting the laws of the United States and that is unacceptable.”

Sanctuary cities have adopted policies to separate local law enforcement from the arrest and prosecution of illegal immigrants for violation of federal immigration laws. The issue has flared up after the murder this summer of a woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant.