Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has offered an amendment to the Democrats’ budget proposal that would facilitate the targeting of dangerous sanctuary city policies that forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, even when they wish to do so. Senator Toomey offered the following remarks upon offering his amendment:
Mr. President, this amendment would allow the withholding of Community Development Block Grants and Economic Development Act funding from states and municipalities that prohibit local police from cooperating with federal officials to enforce federal law. It’s important to note it would not affect any security related funds. It’s important because sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia in my state have radical policies that actually forbid the local police from cooperating with federal immigration officials, even when the local police would like to cooperate. These policies are dangerous, they cost us time and money, but most importantly by far is the tragic cost to human beings. People like Kate Steinle, killed by an illegal immigrant who opened fire on a San Francisco pier. This shooter had been convicted of seven felonies, been deported five times. Why was he on the pier that night? Because San Francisco chose to release him rather than cooperate with federal authorities that wanted to take him off the streets.