Fox News – June 29, 2017
House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.
One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.
Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.
Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. The two-year anniversary of her death is on Saturday.
Paul Bremmer – March 23, 2017
Residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, were horrified recently by the news that two Latin American teenagers, at least one of whom is an illegal alien, had brutally raped a 14-year-old girl in Rockville High School.
Parents and concerned citizens were further outraged by the Montgomery County school district’s laissez-faire attitude toward illegal aliens who may be attending their schools, but one scholar urges people to remember this problem goes well beyond one school district, one city or one state.
“I think it’s important to remember that this really starts with the feds,” said Daniel Horowitz, senior editor at Conservative Review. “People are focusing on sanctuary cities, but we’ve had a sanctuary nation policy where essentially we’ve telegraphed a message to Latin America that if you come here with children, even teenagers, even hardened criminals and gang members, you are here to stay.”
Leo Hohmann – December 5, 2016
Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, says he’s got a plan already in place that will likely eliminate sanctuary cities on Day 1 of the Trump administration.
At least 14 cities have spoken out defiantly in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory last month, saying they will continue to offer sanctuary to illegal criminal aliens regardless of Trump’s attempts to end the sanctuaries, Culberson says.
But Culberson says the power of the purse is something Congress has at its disposal, and he intends to help Trump shut off the flow of federal dollars to sanctuary cities.
As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on commerce, justice and science, Culberson said he acted on July 7 to notify the Department of Justice that it will need to change its policy.
“I have quietly installed an off-switch that the Department of Justice and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, at my request, changed official DOJ policy on July 7 and notified every state and city in the country that unless you comply 100 percent of the time with federal requests to deport criminal illegal aliens in your jails or prisons, you will lose all your federal law enforcement money,” Culberson told Shannon Bream of Fox News.
Leo Hohmann – September 1, 2016
Sanctuary cities continue to be a festering public-safety problem throughout the country with about 300 identified by ICE as having a policy that is non-cooperative and obstructs immigration enforcement, the Center for Immigration Studies reported Wednesday.
That’s about the same number since CIS’ last update in January 2016, as some new sanctuary cities have been added and a few have reversed their sanctuary policies.
CIS published a newly updated interactive map showing all 300 sanctuary cities. (See the cities listed at end of this article.) These are in addition to four whole states – California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado – that remain sanctuary states.