WASHINGTON D.C. – During the Senate Republican Leadership Stakeout this week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) urged his colleagues to support legislation to limit federal funding to sanctuary cities for not complying with federal immigration law.
Full transcript of Senator Blunt’s speech:
The administration’s been incredibly aggressive in expanding their authority and going beyond the law in areas like the Waters of the U.S. that federal courts have said shouldn’t be implemented yet or the mercury rule that twenty two months after it was put in place the Supreme Court said that you don’t have the right to do that.
They’ve also been very selective in which laws they’ve wanted to enforce and in that environment maybe it’s no surprise that a lot of cities have decided they can be selective in which laws you want to enforce.
That’s not an acceptable place for cities to be.
It doesn’t create the kind of environment that people need to see where the law is enforced. It doesn’t follow the law in ways that require sharing of information about people that have repeatedly been detained until eventually, in the terrible case that happened in recent months, an innocent bystander is killed by someone who over and over again has been picked up but not detained because they are in a so-called sanctuary.
That’s unacceptable and it’s also unacceptable for those communities to continue to benefit from law enforcement assistance when they won’t assist law enforcement are those communities to benefit from other kinds of federal assistance when they won’t be a part of the process the law requires. I hope we get to vote to move to this bill today.
Sanctuary cities don’t work. They are outside what people have every reason to believe is a reasonable place for the government of the United States or their community to be. We are going to put that question to a test.