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CRAMER: Bill Strips Funding From Cities Refusing to Enforce Immigration Laws

Jan 13, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has signed on as an original co-sponsor of a bill to strip funding from sanctuary cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws. 

H.R. 400, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, was introduced Wednesday with the support of 59 House cosponsors. It is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Police.  Cramer was an original co-sponsor of an identical bill in the last session of Congress.

The bill withholds key federal funding from jurisdictions that forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. It specifically addresses jurisdictions refusing  to share information about criminal illegal aliens with the federal government or declining to recognize Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE)  detainer requests. 

The federal funding this bill would withhold from sanctuary cities includes certain economic development assistance programs and the community development block grants.

“It is long past time that America’s 300 cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws face the consequences of losing federal funds,” said Cramer. “By defying the rule of law, these sanctuary cities compromise the safety of their citizens and endanger lives. This bill must be just the beginning of a renewed effort by this Congress to demand that our federal immigration laws be upheld across the nation. I look forward to working closely with the Trump Administration on achieving the goal of making America safer again.”