Monday, October 15, 2007

Stop Sanctuary Cities (HR 3093)

You have a chance to help pass an amendment Tuesday that would effectively end the "sanctuary city" movement. Tuesday morning (10/16/07), please call 202-224-3121 and ask your Senators to vote FOR Senator Vitter's anti-sanctuary amendment to the H.R. 3093 appropriations bill. This is known as the "CJS (Commerce, Justice and Science) spending bill."

The amendment by Sen. Vitter (R-LA) would deny a popular federal police grant to cities that adopt "sanctuary" policies. These are policies that prohibit police from reporting illegal aliens to the feds.

Generally, sanctuary policies instruct city employees not to notify the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in their communities. The policies also end the distinction between legal and illegal immigration -- so illegal aliens often benefit from city services too.

Sanctuary policies have been against federal law since the 1996 federal immigration law required local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But many cities have refused to do so, adopting so-called "sanctuary policies." Unfortunately, the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments have refused to bring suit against these cities.

The Vitter amendment would seek to eliminate sanctuary policies in local municipalities, whereby law enforcement officials are barred from asking suspects about their immigration status or reporting them to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The amendment would ensure that existing law is enforced uniformly across the country by withholding COPS federal funding for cities that choose to violate section 642(a) of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA).

If the amendment passes, it is unlikely that any city would give up the federal funding in order to continue to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens. Funding remains available but only to those cities who adhere to existing laws. This is a win-win for anyone who values the rule of law in this country.

Please call tomorrow morning and help end the insanity of "sanctuary cities" in this country!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If our government and other represetatives don't want to file suit, we should. There are almost 1 million assaults by illegals every year, if they won't protect us, we must step up and do it. Afterall, it is the law and they too should abide by them.

Our taxes are used to support them and it should stop NOW.

Mary Steele Yorktown VA said...

If our government and other represetatives don't want to file suit, we should. There are almost 1 million assaults by illegals every year, if they won't protect us, we must step up and do it. Afterall, it is the law and they too should abide by them.

Our taxes are used to support them and it should stop NOW.

Anonymous said...

The american dream says that anybody can come to this country and make something of themselves and live a happy life. Key word there: ANYBODY. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Male, Female, Hermaphrodite, Transvestite, Transexual, Strait, Gay, Bi-sexual, Legal, Illegal- ANYBODY. You say you're proud to be an american, well what kind of american doesn't approve of the american dream?

Dawn McShuler said...

The United States of America is a nation of laws. We expect our citizens to abide by them. And it is absolutely true that ANYBODY regardless of race, creed, color, or religion is WELCOME to join us in pursuit of the American dream provided they enter this country LEGALLY.

People who break the law to jump in front of those who follow our laws to become Americans legally do not deserve to be rewarded for their behavior.

What part of "Illegal Alien" do you not understand, Anonymous?!