Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Boozman Holding Sanctuary Cities Accountable *#KatesLaw

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-AR: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently set an arrest record during a four-day operation to round-up criminal undocumented immigrants – 244 people were taken into federal custody in Southern California. While all had criminal records, the majority had been convicted of at least one felony. So why were these violent offenders on the streets? ICE agents blame “sanctuary” policies for allowing them to be released from custody.

There are 340 sanctuary cities that offer save-havens for illegal immigrants. These communities ignore federal immigration law and protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

This is unacceptable. We are a country of laws. We cannot pick and choose which laws to follow. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is going on in some communities across the country, and President Obama’s directives to stop enforcing certain immigration laws are contributing to this problem.

Sanctuary cities should be held accountable for their failure to cooperate in the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws. The Senate has an opportunity to hold sanctuary cities accountable, make our communities safer and uphold our laws with the upcoming vote targeting this policy. As a cosponsor of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, I’m leading the fight to curb the establishment or the continuation of sanctuary cities.

This legislation restricts federal funding from sanctuary states or cities that fail to comply with federal immigration enforcement. The bill would redirect these funds to localities that follow the law.

This legislation would curb formation and/or continuation of sanctuary cities. This legislation:
  • Provides transparency by requiring the DHS to publicly list which jurisdictions are deemed sanctuary jurisdictions.
  • Withholds certain federal funds and grants from sanctuary jurisdictions.
  • Requires that those withheld funds are reallocated and made available to other jurisdictions that allow their local law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials.
  • Confirms that local law enforcement personnel have the legal authority to cooperate with federal immigration officials if they wish, while protecting individuals’ civil rights and preserving individuals’ ability to sue for violations of civil and constitutional rights.
  • Kate’s Law: Establishes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for illegal immigrants who are convicted of re-entering the U.S. after being convicted of an aggravated felony or being convicted of having illegally re-entered the U.S. twice before.
The Senate will have a procedural vote on this bill today and I will vote to move this bill forward.

As a member of the Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus, I will continue to push for measures that address the issues of border security, illegal documentation and the general lack of action from our judicial system to hold accountable those who break the law.

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