Jul 09 2015

Shelby Calls on AG Lynch to End Funding for “Sanctuary Cities” Circumventing Immigration Removal Policies

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, July 9, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today sent a letter regarding funding for local municipalities in “sanctuary cities” to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch in light of the recent murder in San Francisco. 

In the letter, Shelby requests that the Department of Justice end taxpayer-funded federal grants to jurisdictions that do not follow federal immigration removal policies.  This would eliminate grant funding for “sanctuary cities” where the local law enforcement intentionally fails to inform federal authorities about illegal immigrants who they choose to release even after these individuals have committed crimes.

“Any violent crime is tragic, but the fact that the senseless death in San Francisco arose directly from a ‘sanctuary city’ deliberately obstructing policies to remove illegal immigrants who have committed crimes is appalling and inexcusable,” said Senator Shelby. “I strongly believe that interfering with the routine coordination of federal law enforcement is intolerable and potentially deadly to law-abiding American families.”

“Municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws simply should not receive the Department of Justice’s assistance funding,” added Shelby.  “The freedoms we enjoy – like strolling on a San Francisco pier with our children – are possible only when we are willing to enforce the federal laws that keep our families and our freedoms safe.”

To view the text of Senator Shelby’s letter calling on the Attorney General to put an end to funding for “sanctuary cities” that circumvent immigration removal policies, click here.