WHAT IT IS
- June 27, 2017: U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
- The bill would allow the government to deny sanctuary cities federal grant money if they do not follow federal immigration enforcement efforts.
- In sanctuary cities, it is not mandatory for local law officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
WHY IT MATTERS
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act proves to be the next step toward the White House’s increased aggressiveness on immigration law in the United States, including attempts to defund “sanctuary cities”. The bill’s fate and potential outcomes of implementation now reside in the Senate.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Hispanic communities grow disappointed over six Democrats’ support of the bill, and point blame to Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s Super PAC that paid Democrats $20,500.
- On the Fourth of July, President Trump delivered a message urging Senate members to support both the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Learn more about sanctuary cities here.
- Watch Donald Trump’s remarks on both bills here.
- Should local law officers or federal law enforcement agencies dictate the status of illegal immigrants?
- What does your elected state representative think about this issue?