Calls Grow Louder to Block Federal Funding For Sanctuary Cities

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jul 10, 2015 8:35 AM
Calls Grow Louder to Block Federal Funding For Sanctuary Cities

After seven time felon, five time deportee and Kate Steinle killer Francisco Sanchez admitted to purposely living in San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city, calls to strip federal funding until sanctuary policies end are growing louder in Washington D.C. 

In the House, Rep. Duncan Hunter plans to introduce legislation barring sanctuary cities from receiving federal funds for law enforcement until sanctuary policies are reversed and more cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement is practiced. 

Hunter’s bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict funding to any state or locality that has in place a law, policy or procedure in contravention of federal immigration law, preventing “state or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

The legislation would make those cities with sanctuary policies or laws in place ineligible for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding. SCAAP reimburses states and localities for the cost of holding illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.

“States and cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws directly undermine enforcement efforts and — as recent events have shown — present a real danger to citizens,” Hunter said in a statement to Breitbart News.

In the Senate, Senator Tom Cotton is leading the charge in the same way. 

The White House has not said whether President Obama would veto the legislation, but we can take a guess about what Obama's action would be. Earlier this week White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to issue comment on the Steinle case and proceeded to blame Republicans for failing to pass Obama's open-border illegal immigration agenda.