House Votes to Cut ‘Sanctuary City’ Funds, Boost Immigration Enforcement

Yoder (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)
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House Republicans in Washington are reacting to recent news events in California by cutting sanctuary city funding and pushing immigration enforcement.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (R-KS) amendment to the 2016 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The revision serves to withhold funding from cities with sanctuary policies and inhibit enforcement of immigration law.

Thousands of Americans fall victim to crimes by illegal aliens each year that could be prevented, such as the July 1 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Her murder may have been prevented had the “sanctuary city” not released a five-time deported, seven-time convicted felon back out onto American streets.

Steinle’s killer made a jailhouse confession in which he indicated that he chose San Francisco for its lax immigration enforcement.

Yoder commented, “Cities that refuse to comply with immigration officials and release dangerous criminals back into our communities put innocent American lives at risk. If these cities wish to continue to subvert the law they will do so without the support of American taxpayers. The heartbreaking tragedy in San Francisco was preventable and we must do everything we can to ensure that it never happens again.”

Don Rosenburg, who lost his son Drew to the actions of an illegal alien driver, provided Breitbart News with an estimate that 5,000 people are killed in the U.S. each year due to the actions of illegal aliens.

2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been lending his celebrity to the call for immigration enforcement. Trump met July 10 in Los Angeles with several families whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens.

The House Appropriations Committee is also pushing to keep U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from releasing criminal illegal aliens from custody before they are deported, the Associated Press reported.

Some 1,400 criminal illegal aliens released under the Obama administration in the 2014 fiscal year committed additional crimes, Breitbart News reported Tuesday.

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