Jul 13 2016

Shelby Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Cut Funding for Sanctuary Cities that Circumvent Immigration Laws

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, today released a statement on the updated guidelines by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding sanctuary cities receiving federal grant funding:

“For more than a year I have urged Attorney General Lynch to put an end to funding for municipalities that deliberately obstruct policies to remove illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.  After the tragic death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last July, it became even more critical for action to be taken against sanctuary cities that blatantly ignore federal immigration removal policies. 

“While this decision by the Department is long overdue, I am pleased that it has finally heeded my concerns.  This sensible policy will force local governments to either receive federal grant money and follow the law or protect criminal illegal immigrants with no federal assistance.  America is a nation of laws and I believe it is only right that those who refuse to follow the law be penalized.  It is my hope that the rule of law will now be fully and fairly applied.”

To read DOJ’s updated guidelines, click here

To read Senator Shelby’s letter to Attorney General Lynch, click here.