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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Border Security
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2018

What is it?

This bill would withhold federal grants that reimburse state and local law enforcement for personnel costs associated with incarcerating convicted unauthorized immigrants from sanctuary jurisdictions. Sanctuary jurisdictions would be defined as states and cities which have policies prohibiting officials from sharing information about the immigration status of an accused or convicted unauthorized immigrant criminal in their custody with federal law enforcement; or refuse to comply with a federal detainer request or notify the Dept. of Homeland Security upon the individual’s release.

Specifically, funding under the Dept. of Justice’s State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) would be withheld. In fiscal year 2016 SCAAP provided $188 million to state and local governments.

Impact

Criminal unauthorized immigrants; sanctuary jurisdictions — particularly their law enforcement agencies; and the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) introduced this bill to prohibit sanctuary jurisdictions from receiving federal grants that offset the cost of incarcerating convicted unauthorized immigrants:

“Our government’s greatest responsibility is to protect the American people, and sanctuary city policies prevent us from fulfilling that duty. We are a nation of laws — and cities and politicians can’t pick and choose which rules to follow. It’s common sense that those unwilling to cooperate with federal authorities not be eligible to receive certain federal grant funding. The message this bill sends is clear: no person, state, or locality is above the law.”

This legislation has the support of five cosponsors in the House, including Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Ken Buck (CO), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Scott Perry (PA), and Lou Barletta (PA).

The House passed a bill known as Sarah and Grant’s Law228-195 that would cut off certain federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities, but it hasn’t been considered by the Senate.


Of Note: Sanctuary cities in particular have long been controversial and grew in popularity during the 2000s — reaching a total of more than 200 cities or states with variations of the policy.

They re-emerged in the news cycle in July 2015 in San Francisco after Kate Steinle's  murder. San Francisco has been a sanctuary city since 1989, when an ordinance preventing local authorities from assisting federal immigration enforcement was passed. Learn more about the incident, the politics of the situation, and how immigration cases have been handled in San Francisco here.

The federal government has also expressed frustration with the sanctuary cities, as ICE officials are put in greater danger by having to apprehend the undocumented immigrants at their home than if they had been able to pick them up at the jail. Recently the agency has begun tracking the number of “detainer” requests they have sent to local authorities about immigrants they’ve arrest which are subsequently refused, and the subject of the request allowed to go free.

However, some have expressed skepticism that forcing sanctuary cities or states to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement would be helpful, with a former ICE director calling it a “highly counterproductive step” that would “lead to more resistance and less cooperation.”


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

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

AKA

No Enforcement, No Grant for Sanctuary Cities Act of 2018

Official Title

To prohibit sanctuary jurisdictions from receiving Federal funds under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, and for other purposes.

    Sanctuary cities should lose all federal funding!
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    Undocumented immigration is federal failure, not the states. States cannot issue visas or papers. It’s not their responsibility or their problem. Threatening and bullying states to do the federal governments job is a violation of states rights.
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    When did America lose its heart and soul? This idea is an abomination!!!! Trump should lose HIS funding. Sanctuary Cities should be celebrated and history will do that in time.
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    Our borders should be protected. The legal immigration system is a joke, but we should reform that instead of just letting people pour in and do whatever they want.
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    Punishing cities for sheltering unauthorized immigrants, many of whom are fleeing extreme poverty and crime, is immoral. Why has it always been okay to employ these immigrants for a very small fraction of even the minimum wage (at the benefit of legal citizens) yet suddenly see them as not worthy of being in the U.S.? Could it be the fanning of flames of hate at the expense of reason?
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    No federal money should go to any city. But, someone who breaks federal law should not be receiving federal money to do it! We taxpayers are paying them to destroy our country!
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    Stop all of this lawlessness democrat socialist communist
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    Sanctuary Cities are a systemic response to ridiculously hard to navigate immigration law that refuses to accommodate all the different reasons a person may need to be in our country. Removing funding in response is vindictive instead of productive, creating additional problems without an attempt at solving the need. Please reform immigration law to more closely align with the complexity of human experience.
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    A Sanctuary City should get funding regardless. Go back and read Deutoronmy 15 where it talks about Cities of Refuge then ask your self how this applies today. Remember what would Jesus do.
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    Illegal aliens are law breakers and should be treated like any other law breaker. If the federal government doesn't provide funding for other federal crimes, then they shouldn't provide funding for locking up illegal aliens.
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    HOMELESS VETERANS FIRST...THEY NEED HOUSING!
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    Any sanctuary city or State shouldn’t receive ANY funding. These places are destroying America and US citizens are being murdered. It’s also causing all of these caravans marching toward America. Vote out these fascist liberal democrats and save America.
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    They should get funding
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    Of course they should. Number one, it’s the law and basic common sense. You do know it’s our tax money going for all of this nonsense. This is ridiculous. Dems just want their voters
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    Sanctuary cities should absolutely continue to receive federal aid.
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    We would not need sanctuary cities if the GOP and Trump had not abandoned one of our primary goals: to provide those whose lives are in danger a haven. I am proud of all those cities who see the American dream threatened by current policies and have stepped up to fill the gap.
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    Cities do not have the right to exempt themselves from complying with federal law anymore than private citizens have the right to exempt themselves from obeying municipal codes/laws.
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    They should lose all funding period!
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    If Trump wants to deny aid to sanctuary cities, then sanctuary cities should not have to pay taxes to the federal government and keep that money for themselves. You see california has at least three Sanctuary cities San Diego Los Angeles and San Francisco. And CALIFORNIA makes up over a third of the United States economy and CALIFORNIA’s taxes finance healthcare and education throughout the rest of the country. Don’t Trump Where is his ass for a hat. If you villainize every person that comes into this country they will not turn in crimes that they see for fear that they’ll be arrested and your crime rate will go up. It’s already happening I wish people would just open their eyes and see that
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    And the mayors of these cities should be arrested and prosecuted
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