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senate Bill S. 2146

Cutting Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities

Argument in favor

Sanctuary cities encourage illegal immigration and endanger public safety — they don't deserve federal funding. Plus, mandatory minimums will help deter more illegal immigration.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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10/21/2015
"We have to end this sanctuary cities crap.” [washington.cbslocal.com]
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BTSundra's Opinion
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10/21/2015
As they do not comply with federal law, they should not receive federal funding. You can't have the best of both worlds.
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Ralph's Opinion
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10/21/2015
Of course they should lose all federal funding. The people saying no need to have explained to them what the rule of law means. You don't get to follow whatever laws you agree with. And please stop using the word immigrant to describe these people without the illegal part attached. No one has a problem with legal immigrants. They followed the rules to get here, they pay taxes and for the most part follow the law. People have a problem with immigrants who start out their "journey to freedom " by committing a crime and then draining resources from tax paying citizens while most of them refuse to pay taxes. In addition when they realize that they have not come to the land of milk and honey where everything is just going to be wonderful for them they inevitably turn to drugs and crime. Not all of them of course but a significantly higher amount than the general public. Legal immigration is what helped make this country great and illegal immigration is helping to destroy it. We are circling the bowl here because we are giving away the store without any way to restock the shelves. Obama keeps claiming that he is cutting the deficit and liberal fools believe him. The facts are that when he took office the deficit was just about 9 trillion and it is now approaching 19 trillion. We simply can't afford to have this out of control spending. A good first step is to stop funding cities and states that continue to refuse to comply with the law.
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Argument opposed

It's wrong to force immigration laws on communities that don't support them. This bill threatens to erode community trust in law enforcement as an overreactive response to an unfortunate event.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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10/21/2015
"Time to bring our neighbors out of the shadows." [cnn.com]
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CPMonroe's Opinion
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10/21/2015
Unless the city/county has seceded from the United States, they're eligible for federal funds & support. And, as the war on drugs has proved, mandatory minimums lead to a nation of freedom-loving prisoners.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/21/2015
Not all immigrants are mafia gangster members that sell drugs, these cities/people aren't hurting anyone, and not giving them (the cities) funding would be stupid, as it would negatively effect the economy as a whole.
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    IntroducedOctober 6th, 2015
    Sanctuary cities are a danger to America.
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    If cities can pick and choose laws to obey based on how they feel than so can private citizens.
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    If cities are breaking the immigration laws they should be held accountable. The laws are the laws and until they are changed by acts of congress they should be enforced without question.
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    It is called ILLEGAL for a reason!
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    They're protecting criminals for sake of political gain
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    Why would cities in the US ignore the law ? Is the Law not to be applied to every person residing in our country? Do not support these law breaking cities.
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    Sanctuary cities circumvent current immigration legislation passed at the federal level. Therefore, restricting federal funds would be an acceptable step to mitigating this issue. The immigration debate is a national issue and must be addressed by our our national government. We cannot have city mayors and councilmen dictating national immigration policy by incentivizing illegal immigrants to break federal law.
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    All of the sanctuary city crap is a violation of Federal Law, aiding and abetting criminals. The city politicians who initiate, support and defend such laws have blood on their hands and should be held personally responsible for ever crime and murder committed by these invading scum.
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    They're corporately breaking the law. There are penalties if I break the law.
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    The law is the law, why can these cities make their own laws? Are they city-states like Athens and Sparta?
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    All funding to any city that protects illegal immigrants should be cut off. Illegals are taking jobs from legal citizens and many are tied to crimes.
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    Let's clean up illegal immigration. I am not opposed to legal immigration. In fact, I have two adopted children that had to go through the hoops of immigration to become citizens. This experience felt like what the DMV was 20 years ago. Let's put the freed up funding into modernizing USCIS in each location for cities that continue to be safe havens for illegal immigrants. If I had to go through my own process of making my children legal citizens, so should illegal immigrants. Why do they get a pass and I don't?
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    I'm for immigration reform and bringing folks to this great nation. However, cities or any municipality does not have a right to pick and choose what federal laws work best for them. That's anarchy not civil disobedience. Why not collectively challenge the laws in court, protest, demonstrate, petition, and use other avenues available in this free democratic style society? I can get behind that.
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    "What happened in San Francisco is outrageous. And the way to solve that is to withhold funds." [huffingtonpost.com]
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    It's simple. Take the food off the floor and the pests that eat food on the floor will go away--same difference. If people don't have a place to hide, they won't hide there.
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    Shut them down; they're allowing people to seep into our cities safely and kill people and commit crimes.
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    There should be no sanctuary for illegals. Period! I'm a disabled veteran. I did not serve my country to protect illegals. I served my country to protect the American People. Illegals are not worthy of anything. Including sanctuary. If they need sanctuary it means they are running from something. That makes them criminals!
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    The idea that you can punish the desire for a better life out of people is as ignorant as it is ineffective. Does anyone really believe that creating stricter policies will lead to fewer immigrants, ever? People aren't coming to the US to be an inconvenience to your tax system, they're coming here because its literally their best option. We're the ones who have a problem dealing with the reality of immigration, and making people's lives more difficult doesn't change the fact that we need to wake up to the reality. It's like trying to stop global warming by building levees. If we wanted to end immigration we would start by working with governments in Latin America to end the corruption that we caused by trying to force our capitalist ideals on them. But instead we punish the people who fled from that corruption by telling them they aren't welcome in our country and trying to make their lives even MORE miserable here.
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    If you don't like the law - change it. If you break laws because you don't like them you are no better than the criminals. Laws are lines in society ... just because you don't agree is not cause to break them
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    Just because communities don't agree with a law doesn't give them the right to ignore it.
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