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Target Them: Republicans Hope To Put Sanctuary Cities In Legal Crosshairs With New Bill

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Well, with a Democratic House, nothing serious will be done on illegal immigration. There will be no wall funding and allocating more money for the Department of Homeland Security will be a tortuous process. We have border apprehensions soaring into the six-figure territory and it’s been that way for months. Yes, our detention centers are overcrowded and Democrats didn’t want to do anything about it. Well, first, they thought this was all a manufactured crisis. Wrong—and they wonder why no one trusts them with national security issues. They ignored it until they thought they could weaponize the matter to attack Trump. The problem is that a lot of the protocols were established and enacted under Obama. Those kids in so-called cages, an Obama initiative, and Barry also used two former Japanese internment camps to hold illegals. Yeah, welcome to reality, left-wingers. Does it suck to be complete and total idiots 24/7? I mean I don’t care—keep peddling your trash. We’ll see you at Trump’s second inauguration.

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One of the biggest targets for pro-border security lawmakers is getting rid of sanctuary cities. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to do this when he ran the Department of Justice, the courts made full enaction difficult. It’s no secret that any enclave that shields illegals from deportation is a magnet. They were enacted to supposedly help illegals that witness crimes come forward without dear of deportation. That was probably the selling point. How it’s been executed is a different story.

The illegal alien who killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, which highlighted this policy, had been deported multiple times, but always came back to the city because he knew immigration enforcement authorities wouldn’t be looking for him. And it’s also no shocker that given the left-wing swing on this issue from Democrats, cities, which are blue bastions, will do anything to keep these people here, even if they commit heinous crimes. They want these people legalized, citizenship tracked, and eventually registered to vote…Democratic. They don’t care how many Americans die. The end result is too sweet. 

So, while we debate and highlight the horrors of sanctuary city policy, two Republicans are looking to attack it another way: by allowing American citizens whose families have been victimized by these illegal aliens to sue the city that shielded them from deportation. An American citizen whose family, or themselves, have been victimized by an illegal can sue the state or the city that failed to enforce an ICE detainer. Violent crime is defined as rape, murder, and any additional statute as defined by the state. It will also curtail certain federal grants to those urban bastions that fail to honor our immigration laws as well. 

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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) have introduced the legislation, which President Trump has supported. Here’s the press release:

U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3964, the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). The bill would allow the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that’s where the crime occurred. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Senate Companion, S. 2059, earlier this month. 

“I’ve been following sanctuary cities for some time now and the effects that they have on local communities. I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives. It strikes me as common sense to introduce and pursue legislation that allows families and victims recourse against municipalities and policies that have caused them so much damage. Currently, they have none. I want to thank Rep. Bradly Bryne for introducing this bill with me in the House and Senator Thom Tillis for his leadership on this issue in the Senate,” said Budd.

“I’m sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It’s time we do something about it,” said Byrne. “Not only will our legislation provide justice for victims, but it will push communities to abandon their reckless sanctuary policies and help disincentivize illegal immigration. Whether it’s cracking down on sanctuary cities or providing additional resources to build the wall, now is the time for action to address the illegal immigration crisis.”

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Yes, it about time we put sanctuary cities and the Democrats who support them on legal notice. Keep the pressure on them. This policy has run amok. It’s about time to rein these clowns in. 

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