House Passes Bill Denying Funds to Sanctuary Cities

The House of Representatives has passed HR 3009, a bill which denies federal funds to cities that ignore federal immigration law, or Sanctuary Cities.  I’m embedding a video of Trey Gowdy speaking about Sanctuary Cities on the House Floor, in support of HR 3009.  Rep. Gowdy’s office sent out a press release this morning, containing the video and an explanation of the Davis-Oliver Act, passed by the House Judiciary Committee in February.  Watch the video, and see an excerpt from Gowdy’s press release below.

HR 3009 is only one step in fixing our broken immigration system. That is why back in February I introduced, and then the Judiciary Committee passed, the Davis-Oliver Act. This legislation strengthens the internal enforcement of our immigration laws in numerous ways. Provisions in HR 1148 include:

  • Ends the President’s unilateral ability to shut off immigration enforcement. Allows state and local law enforcement to enforce their own immigration laws and provides financial assistance to state and local police for equipment and facilities they use for investigating and apprehending aliens violating immigration laws.

  • Targets sanctuary policies. Makes detainers mandatory and prohibits “sanctuary” state and localities from receiving federal law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants.

  • Increases transparency and holds the Administration accountable. The Administration must report to Congress each year on the number of inadmissible and removable aliens encountered but either not processed for removal or provided with immigration benefits under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.” 

  • Protects communities from dangerous criminal aliens. If a dangerous criminal alien cannot be removed, allows DHS to detain them for longer than 6 months.

There is more information on the Davis-Oliver Act here.