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ICYMI: Senator Toomey Speaks on Senate Floor About Sanctuary Cities

February 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) spoke on the Senate floor today about his bipartisan amendment to end dangerous sanctuary city policies. Excerpts:

• "One of the many ironies about the sanctuary cities is that if federal officials had called the San Francisco police about any number of other crimes, robbery, car theft, violating a trademark, counterfeiting, any number of other federal crimes, then the San Francisco police would have been allowed to cooperate. They would have been happy to cooperate. They would have been able to cooperate. But because the crime was committed by an illegal immigrant, the police hands were tied... it is unbelievable to me that we have communities across the country that wish to provide this special privilege, this special protection for even dangerous criminals because they are here illegally."

• "This amendment does not discourage or punish illegal immigrants from coming forward to report a crime. This is important because folks who want to keep sanctuary cities sometimes charge that if my legislation were passed, victims and witnesses to crimes--if they are here illegally-then, they wouldn't come forward. Not so. What my amendment and this underlying law says, it explicitly states, that a locality will not be labeled a sanctuary jurisdiction for this purpose and, therefore, will not lose any federal funds if the policy of that municipality is that a person who comes forward as a victim or a witness to a crime does--the local law enforcement does not share that information with DHS. Let me be clear and explicit about this. We have an explicit carve out in the legislation: if a locality chooses to provide sanctuary status to a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime, that such a community would not lose any federal funds whatsoever."

• "This is just common stands for the principle that the safety of the American people matter, that the lives of Kate Steinle and other victims of violent crime matter, and that all of our communities should be as safe as they can be."

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