The House is slated to consider legislation targeting sanctuary cities.
House leaders have scheduled a vote on the “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” this week, according to reports.
The bill, offered by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), would block federal law enforcement grants for jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“States and cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws directly undermine enforcement efforts and — as recent events have shown — present a real danger to citizens,” Hunter said in a statement to Breitbart News shortly before he introduced the bill. “If a state or one of its cities wants to call itself a sanctuary and deliberately ignore the law, then Congress shouldn’t hesitate to withhold federal funding until there’s compliance.”
The Obama administration has pushed back against attempts to force cities to comply with immigration law.
The bill comes in the wake of the murder of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by a five-time deportee, multiple-felon, illegal immigrant after he was released due to San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies. Steinle was shot at a San Francisco pier this month.
Steinle’s father, Jim Steinle, testified Tuesday before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.