This bill — the Make Sanctuary Cities Pay for the Wall Act of 2018 — would withhold certain federal grants from “sanctuary” state and local governments which refuse to share information with federal immigration officials and redirect that funding to pay for the construction of a border wall on America’s southern border. Withheld funding would be deposited into a wall account administered by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS would be:
Allowed to decline to transfer an unauthorized immigrant to a sanctuary jurisdiction regardless of whether the jurisdiction has issued a writ or warrant;
Prohibited from transferring an unauthorized immigrant under a final order of removal to a sanctuary jurisdiction;
Required to determine which political subdivisions or states are sanctuary jurisdictions each year and report that information to Congress.
Affected grants would include those made under the Public Works and Economic Development Act and the Housing and Community Development Act.