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house Bill H.R. 3003

Sarah and Grant’s Law: Cutting Grant Funding for Sanctuary States & Cities

Argument in favor

States and cities that adopt sanctuary policies and refuse to honor federal requests to detain criminal unauthorized immigrants shouldn’t receive federal law enforcement grants.

Jim's Opinion
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06/28/2017
If we are not a nation of laws - then its the beginning of anarchy. Every nation on each has laws on immigration and we should respect their laws - and they should respect our laws as a sovereign nation.
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Matt's Opinion
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06/28/2017
The federal government is supposed to regulate interstate commerce and provide for the common defense and that's about it. We shouldn't be giving huge sums of money to states in the first place as Jefferson often advised against and we certainly shouldn't be giving said funding to states that blatantly disregard federal law.
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Mark's Opinion
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06/28/2017
Doesn't go far enough the people responsible for the so called Sanctuary Cities/States need to be arrested for aiding and abetting criminals. These people made themselves criminals when they chose illegals over the citizens that voted for them. They are just as guilty for every crime committed by an illegal in their city/state as the illegal him/herself. If an illegal kills someone the people who turned the city/state into a sanctuary is guilty of murder as well.
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Argument opposed

The federal government should give states law enforcement grants and let them set their own priorities. Conditioning grants on the enforcement of immigration law may be unconstitutional.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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06/28/2017
With # 45 doing everything possible to establish a dictatorship including attacking the free press, free speech, alienating democracies while cozying up to brutal dictatorships. This vicious idea is another step toward the dictatorship of the US and removes another freedom. All but Native Americans are immigrants. We need the hard work, the integrity, the patriotism, and the ambition of all who are immigrants. Documentation is only papers. Human beings are much more important than papers. Please vote no on this dangerous and mean bill.
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wipITsnapIT's Opinion
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06/28/2017
This bill appears to take measures and lay the foundation for an authoritarian "police state" in the US. Grants for law enforcement funding should not be withheld and a "deportation force” should not be used to storm and forcibly enter homes, churches, schools and businesses to round-up and detain undocumented immigrants. Although immigration control is necessay, a police state is not the answer.
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Dawn's Opinion
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06/28/2017
"Give me your poor.........." The ISIS, Al Queda-type groups have won! America is AFRAID of anyone! Especially those trying to get away from these groups.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 29th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 228 Yea / 195 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJune 22nd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 3003?

This bill would try to prevent so-called sanctuary jurisdictions — states and localities that don’t enforce federal immigration law — from refusing to honor detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for unauthorized immigrants by withholding certain federal law enforcement grants. It would also establish probable cause standards for the issuance of detainers, protect jurisdictions that comply with ICE detainers, and unauthorized immigrants who are convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings.

Jurisdictions that honor ICE detainers would be protected would be protected from lawsuits, whereas those that ignore or reject ICE detainers could be sued by the victims of crimes committed by an unauthorized immigrant released on bond by that jurisdiction.

This bill would also enact a provision entitled Sarah and Grant’s Law, which would prohibit unauthorized immigrants convicted of driving under the influence, or who have been arrested or charged with a serious crime resulting in the death or bodily harm of another person from being released while they await removal proceedings. Unauthorized immigrants detained under this authority would only be eligible for bond if they can show clear and convincing evidence that they aren’t a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Impact

Victims of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants; criminal unauthorized immigrants; sanctuary jurisdictions; and federal law enforcement agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3003

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced this bill “to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement.” In a press release, he explained the origins of the provision entitled Sarah and Grant’s Law:

“In January 2016, an unlawful immigrant driving drunk struck Sarah Root’s car and subsequently killed her. She had just graduated from college. To make matters worse, the person responsible was released from custody and is still on the loose. And in January 2015, Grant Ronnebeck was murdered at a convenience store by a convicted felon who was free on bond while facing deportation.”

The Trump administration released a statement that it “strongly supports” this bill, which would “ensure that American taxpayers are not subsidizing States and localities that work to affirmatively thwart Federal law enforcement efforts.”

The National Immigration Forum has expressed its opposition to this bill, which it says would increase incarceration costs and “do little to help public safety” by compelling state and local officials to enforce federal immigration law. It also questioned whether conditioning federal grants on compliance with immigration law was constitutional.

This legislation has the support of nine Republican cosponsors in the House.


Of Note: According to ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program, there are more than 275 sanctuary jurisdictions that haven’t honored ICE detainers — 16,495 of which were declined between January 2014 and June 2015.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS) / Public Domain)

AKA

No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States, in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and for other purposes.

    If we are not a nation of laws - then its the beginning of anarchy. Every nation on each has laws on immigration and we should respect their laws - and they should respect our laws as a sovereign nation.
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    With # 45 doing everything possible to establish a dictatorship including attacking the free press, free speech, alienating democracies while cozying up to brutal dictatorships. This vicious idea is another step toward the dictatorship of the US and removes another freedom. All but Native Americans are immigrants. We need the hard work, the integrity, the patriotism, and the ambition of all who are immigrants. Documentation is only papers. Human beings are much more important than papers. Please vote no on this dangerous and mean bill.
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    This bill appears to take measures and lay the foundation for an authoritarian "police state" in the US. Grants for law enforcement funding should not be withheld and a "deportation force” should not be used to storm and forcibly enter homes, churches, schools and businesses to round-up and detain undocumented immigrants. Although immigration control is necessay, a police state is not the answer.
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    "Give me your poor.........." The ISIS, Al Queda-type groups have won! America is AFRAID of anyone! Especially those trying to get away from these groups.
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    This is what a dictatorship looks like. This bill if passed will be struck down as being unconstitutional no matter who sits on the Supreme Court. It would create an us versus them relationship with law enforcement and people they depend on to report crime and support them not to mention putting policeman's lives at risk for lack of that very support.
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    This bill would undermine public safety and would not allow for law enforcements to protect an individuals' rights due to supremacy. It's in violation of due process and the 4th and 10th amendment of the constitution.
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    I thought the Republicans were in favor of states governing themselves? Rock on sanctuary cities!
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    There are multiple studies that show sanctuary cities are actually safer. Immigrants also make up a large part of the workforce and provide vital contributions to our economy. This bill appears to take measures and lay the foundation for an authoritarian "police state" in the US. Grants for law enforcement funding should not be withheld and a "deportation force” should not be used to storm and forcibly enter homes, churches, schools and businesses to round-up and detain undocumented immigrants. A police state is not the answer.
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    Let states and cities enforce their own policies. This is an overreach and tends towards a police state. It is fueled by the reprehensible anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the nation.
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    The federal government is supposed to regulate interstate commerce and provide for the common defense and that's about it. We shouldn't be giving huge sums of money to states in the first place as Jefferson often advised against and we certainly shouldn't be giving said funding to states that blatantly disregard federal law.
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    Fear of deportation has ALREADY caused illegal immigrants to fail to report crimes committed against them such as sexual assault. Fighting against sanctuary cities makes these cities unsafe. Republicans value small government. Act like it. Vote against this bill.
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    Doesn't go far enough the people responsible for the so called Sanctuary Cities/States need to be arrested for aiding and abetting criminals. These people made themselves criminals when they chose illegals over the citizens that voted for them. They are just as guilty for every crime committed by an illegal in their city/state as the illegal him/herself. If an illegal kills someone the people who turned the city/state into a sanctuary is guilty of murder as well.
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    Sanctuary cities and states are violating federal law. Therefore no federal funding until they are in compliance.
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    These states have stood up for the constitution, and what is morally right. Also, at least one of these states (California) provides more money to the US than it takes in funding. Voting to cut support to these states would cause more financial harm to the US than it would solve problems, because let's face it, the problem is banning people from entering a country of immigrants based on religion is the problem. Make no mistake, anyone supporting this bill will not be in office come the end of their term.
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    Cut the funding immediately!!!
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    This bill spends money to undermine local and state's rights, to tear families apart, and to reinforce racial profiling. Vote no.
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    Yes! Why should Americans pay for illegals healthcare, college etc. These sanctuary cities are harboring criminals for one thing. We need a Wall and if these so called liberal fascist sanctuary cities protect illegals, all of their city funds should be halted and used toward the Wall.
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    Keep all funds away from any entity that does not follow the law on illegal immigrants.
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    You want Federal Money, follow Federal law.
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    The word that is clearly most important is "illegal". We must protect our citizens and funnel our tax dollars to Our American sisters & brothers. If the local city does not comply with federal law, they should not receive federal dollars.
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