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Democrats Put Illegal Immigrants Above Law-Abiding Citizens

- February 6, 2018

By Supporting Sanctuary Cities Democrats Obstruct Federal Efforts To Enforce Immigration Laws In Order To Protect Illegals, Putting Americans At Risk


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Law-abiding citizens have become victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants who were due for deportation, but were never deported because they resided in sanctuary cities.
  • The number of sanctuary cities continues to grow, as more than 400 counties enacted or stiffened their sanctuary policies in the last year.
    • In one week, more than 200 jurisdictions refused to honor ICE detainer requests brought against individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime.
  • A Harvard-Harris Poll found 80 percent of voters believe local authorities should comply with the law by reporting to federal agents illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
  • Despite public opinion, Democrats have advocated for sanctuary cities, claiming they make communities safer and help state and local law enforcement.
    • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that "people don't understand" that sanctuary cities "help law enforcement" and "help public safety."
    • Senator Chuck Schumer called out Republicans for putting forth legislation that deals with sanctuary cities, calling it "a dark, divisive place."
  • In 2015, 42 Senate Democrats voted against the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act that would have held sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying federal law, increased penalties for illegal immigrants who reenter the U.S. after deportation, and provided protection for state and local law enforcement who cooperate with federal law enforcement.
    • Democrat Senators Casey, Stabenow, Baldwin, McCaskill, Brown, Nelson, and Tester voted against the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.
  • In 2016, 41 Senate Democrats voted against the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which would have stripped federal grant money from sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants from being turned over to federal agents for deportation.
    • Democrat Senators McCaskill, Casey, Stabenow, Baldwin, Nelson, and Tester voted against the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.
  • In 2016, 40 Senate Democrats voted against Kate's Law, which would have increased prison sentences for undocumented immigrants who repeatedly enter the United States illegally.
    • Democrat Senators Casey, Stabenow, Baldwin, McCaskill, Nelson, and Tester voted against Kate's Law.
  • In 2017, 188 House Democrats voted against the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which would restrict the ability of states and localities to receive federal grants if they refused to comply or interfered in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
    • Representative Jacky Rosen voted against the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
    • Representative Kyrsten Sinema voted against the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
  • In 2017, 166 House Democrats voted against Kate's Law, which would have increased prison sentences for undocumented immigrants who repeatedly enter the United States illegally.
    • Representative Rosen voted against Kate's Law.

SANCTUARY CITIES MAKE COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA LESS SAFE BY IMPEDING FEDERAL EFFORTS TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS

Sanctuary Policies Allow Criminal Aliens Charged Or Convicted With Serious Crimes To Be Released, Enabling Them To Become Repeat Offenders

In Sanctuary Cities, "Officials Refuse To Hand Over Illegal Immigrants For Deportation." "In some so-called 'sanctuary cities,' officials refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation." (Darla Cameron, "How Sanctuary Cities Work, And How Trump's Blocked Executive Order Could Have Affected Them," The Washington Post , 11/21/17)

  • ICE Director Tom Homan Stated That These Policies "Put His Officers And Local Communities At More Risk Because They Have To Arrest Illegal Immigrants Out In The Community." "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community." (Stephen Dinan, "Homeland Security Pursues Charges Against Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities," The Washington Times , 1/16/18)

"During An Eight-Month Period In 2014, More Than 8,100 Deportable Immigrants Were Released After Arrest In 276 Sanctuary Jurisdictions." "During an eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released after arrest in 276 sanctuary jurisdictions." ("Law Enforcement Systems & Analysis," The Department Of Homeland Security, 10/8/14)

  • "Approximately 62 Percent Of The Released Offenders Had A Prior Criminal History, And About 3,000 Were Felons." "Approximately 62 percent of the released offenders had a prior criminal history, and about 3,000 were felons." ("Law Enforcement Systems & Analysis," The Department Of Homeland Security, 10/8/14)

In Jurisdictions That Have Enacted Sanctuary City Policies Or Refused To Cooperate With The Federal Government, Crimes Have Been Committed By Immigrants Who Were Due For Deportation

Francisco Sanchez, An Illegal Immigrant Who Had Already Been Deported Five Times And Had Seven Felony Convictions, Shot And Killed 32-Year-Old Kate Steinle As She Walked Along A Pier In San Francisco With Her Father. "We all remember the tragic case of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed two years ago in San Francisco as she walked along a pier with her father. The shooter, Francisco Sanchez, was an illegal immigrant who had already been deported five times and had seven felony convictions." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)

  • Just Eleven Weeks Before The Shooting, San Francisco Had Released Sanchez From Its Custody, Despite Detainer Requests From Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Just eleven weeks before the shooting, San Francisco had released Sanchez from its custody, even though ICE had filed a detainer requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up for removal." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)
  • Sanchez "Admitted That The Only Reason He Came To San Francisco Was Because Of Its Sanctuary Policies." " Even worse, Sanchez admitted that the only reason he came to San Francisco was because of its sanctuary policies." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)

Ever Valles, An Illegal Immigrant, Was Charged With Murder And Robbery Of A Man At A Light Rail Station." "A similar story unfolded just last week, when Ever Valles, an illegal immigrant and Mexican national, was charged with murder and robbery of a man at a light rail station." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)

  • "Valles Was Released From A Denver Jail In Late December, Despite The Fact That ICE Had Lodged A Detainer For His Removal." "Valles was released from a Denver jail in late December, despite the fact that ICE had lodged a detainer for his removal." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)
  • In August 2017, Denver Officially Became A Sanctuary City. "Denver in August approved more restrictive immigration policies that prohibit most city cooperation with ICE agents." (Jon Murray, "Denver Mayor Calls Feds' Immigration Subpoena Threat A "Destructive Ploy" Meant To Distract From Mueller Probe," The Denver Post , 1/24/18)

More Than 400 Counties Have Enacted Or Stiffened Their Sanctuary City Policies In The Last Year, Obstructing Federal Efforts To Enforce Immigration Laws To Shield Illegal Immigrants

"More Than 400 Counties Enacted Or Stiffened Their Sanctuary Policies Last Year." "More than 400 counties enacted or stiffened their sanctuary policies last year, according to an analysis Thursday that found local leaders eager to defy President Trump's demand for a crackdown." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)

  • There Are 118 Jurisdictions That Have Enacted Policies Which Limit Cooperation With ICE. (Enforcement And Removal Operations Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , Accessed On 2/2/18)
  • There Are 206 Jurisdictions That Have Declined Detainers Issued By ICE. (Enforcement And Removal Operations Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , Accessed On 2/2/18)

There Were "More Than 200 Instances Of Jurisdictions Refusing To Honor ICE Detainer Requests With Respect To Individuals Charged Or Convicted Of A Serious Crime" In A Single Week. "For example, the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report showing that in a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)

  • "The Charges And Convictions Against These Aliens Include Drug Trafficking, Hit And Run, Rape, Sex Offenses Against A Child And Even Murder." "The charges and convictions against these aliens include drug trafficking, hit and run, rape, sex offenses against a child and even murder." (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/27/17)

The Level Of Resistance To ICE "Varies Widely, With Some Communities Sharing Information But Declining To Hold Illegal Immigrants Longer Than Normal Just For Deportation Purposes." " The level of resistance to Mr. Trump varies widely, with some communities sharing information but declining to hold illegal immigrants longer than normal just for deportation purposes." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)

Other Jurisdictions Prevent Deportation Officers From Entering Their Jails, Prevent Local Officers From Asking About Immigration Status, Or Even Prevent Anything That Aides ICE. "Other jurisdictions go further as sanctuaries, preventing deportation officers from even setting foot in their jails, prohibiting their own local officers from asking about immigration status, and in some cases flat-out preventing anything that would aid in immigration enforcement." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)

  • More Than 2,000 Counties "Fall Into A Middle Ground" By Assisting ICE But Not Signing Any Formal Deals. "Most communities - more than 2,000 counties - fall into a middle ground, assisting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement but not signing any formal deals." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)
  • Only 141 Counties Have A Formal Agreement. "Only 141 counties have those kinds of formal agreements, the center said." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)
  • Four-Hundred And Eighty-Nine Counties Refuse To Hold People For ICE, And 60 Jurisdictions Refuse All Assistance To ICE. "On the other side of the spectrum, 489 counties refuse to hold people for ICE, and 60 jurisdictions refuse all assistance to ICE." (Stephen Dinan, "Number Of Sanctuary Cities Soars Under President Trump: Study," The Washington Times , 1/25/18)

California Has Deemed Itself A "Sanctuary State" By Approving A Law That "Essentially Shields The 2.35 Million Illegals Living In The State." "Just last week, Brown also approved a 'sanctuary state' law that essentially shields the 2.35 million illegal immigrants living in the state from the Trump administration's new rules by limiting, and in some cases prohibiting, cooperation between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration authorities. There are exceptions for people who committed certain offenses." (Adam Edelman, "Sanctuary Cities: Three States, Three Very Different Approaches," NBC News , 10/8/17)

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN STEPS TO CRACK DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES THAT PLACE THEIR CITIZENS IN JEOPARDY BY REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW

Federal Agencies Have Worked To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

In 2017, DHS Issued Several Reports To "Publicly Shame Sanctuary Cities, And The Justice Department Has Sent Letters To At Least Nine Localities Threatening To Withhold Federal Grants." "The Department of Homeland Security has issued several reports to publicly shame sanctuary cities, and the Justice Department has sent letters to at least nine localities threatening to withhold federal grants if they do not fully comply with federal immigration efforts." (Alan Gomez, "More States Follow Trump's Assault On 'Sanctuary Cities,'" USA Today , 5/11/17)

In September 2017, ICE Conducted A Four-Day Raid Of Well-Known Sanctuary Cities, Resulting In Nearly 500 Arrests. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the U.S. during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday. Operation 'Safe City' focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests Over 450 On Federal Immigration Charges During Operation 'Safe City,'" United States Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 9/28/17)

In 2018, DHS "Asked Federal Prosecutors To See If They Can Lodge Charges Against Sanctuary Cities That Refuse To Cooperate With Federal Deportation Efforts." "Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts." (Stephen Dinan, "Homeland Security Pursues Charges Against Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities," The Washington Times , 1/16/18)

The Trump Administration "Demanded Documents On Whether Local Law Enforcement Agencies Are Illegally Withholding Information From U.S. Immigration Authorities." "President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday escalated its battle with so-called sanctuary cities that protect illegal immigrants from deportation, demanding documents on whether local law enforcement agencies are illegally withholding information from U.S. immigration authorities." (Sarah N. Lynch, "Trump Administration Presses 'Sanctuary Cities' For Documents," Reuters , 1/24/18)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To End Sanctuary Cities-An Act That Has Caused Other Jurisdictions To Follow Suit

While Running For President, Candidate Donald Trump Promised To End Sanctuary Cities And Deny Them Access To Tax Payer Dollars. DONALD TRUMP: "We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths, cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive tax payer dollars." (Donald J. Trump, Remarks At Campaign Rally, Phoenix, AZ, 8/31/16)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order Prohibiting Sanctuary Jurisdictions From Receiving Federal Grant Funding. "According to the executive order, dubbed 'Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,' cities that do not comply with federal immigration enforcement agents 'are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.' It also notes that the director of the Office of Management and Budget will be responsible for obtaining and providing 'relevant and responsive information on all Federal grant money that currently is received by any sanctuary jurisdiction.'" (Priscilla Alvarez, "Trump Cracks Down On Sanctuary Cities," The Atlantic , 1/25/17)

  • "The Top 10 Sanctuary Cities In The U.S. Receive $2.27 Billion In Federal Funding." "A Reuters analysis found the top 10 sanctuary cities in the U.S. receive $2.27 billion in federal funding for programs ranging from public health services to early childhood education." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

Citing President Trump, Miami-Dade County Repealed Its Status As A Sanctuary County. "The Miami-Dade County Commission rejected emotional pleas from residents Friday and voted to become the first county in the nation to drop its 'sanctuary' status by agreeing to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. The commission voted 9-3 to adopt the resolution, citing worries about President Trump's threat to withhold federal funding from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants." (Alan Gomez, "Miami-Dade Commission Votes To End County's 'Sanctuary' Status," USA Today , 2/17/17)

At Least 33 States Considered Laws In 2017 To "Crack Down On 'Sanctuary Cities.'" "At least 33 states considered laws this year to crack down on 'sanctuary cities' - nearly double the number from 2016 - following President Trump's moves against communities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement." (Alan Gomez, "More States Follow Trump's Assault On 'Sanctuary Cities,'" USA Today , 5/11/17)

  • Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi And Texas Have Already Passed Laws That "Punish Local Governments And Public Universities That Enact Policies To Protect Undocumented Immigrants." "Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi and Texas already passed laws this year that punish local governments and public universities that enact policies to protect undocumented immigrants, and other states are trying to follow suit." (Alan Gomez, "More States Follow Trump's Assault On 'Sanctuary Cities,'" USA Today , 5/11/17)

WHILE AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS OPPOSE THE IDEA OF SANCTUARY CITIES, DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO PRIORITIZE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER PUBLIC SAFETY

Eighty Percent Of Voters Say Local Authorities Should Have To Comply With The Law By Reporting To Federal Agents Illegal Immigrants They Come Into Contact With

"An Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Believe That Cities That Arrest Illegal Immigrants For Crimes Should Be Required To Turn Them Over To Federal Authorities." "An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

A Survey From Harvard-Harris Poll "Found That 80 Percent Of Voters Say Local Authorities Should Have To Comply With The Law By Reporting To Federal Agents The Illegal Immigrants They Come Into Contact With." "A survey from Harvard-Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

"The Poll Shows That President Trump Has Broad Public Support In His Effort To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities." "The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

Harvard-Harris Co-Director Mark Penn Stated "While There Is Broad Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform, There Is Overwhelming Opposition To Sanctuary Cities." "'While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,' said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

  • Penn Stated That "The Public Wants Honest Immigrants Treated Fairly And Those Who Commit Crimes Deported And That's Very Clear From The Data." "'The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that's very clear from the data.'" (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities," The Hill , 2/21/17)

But Democrats Have Repeatedly Blocked Bills That Would Enable State And Local Law Enforcement To Comply With Federal Law Enforcement

In 2015, 42 Senate Democrats Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." " A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)
  • Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

In 2016, 41 Senate Democrats Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." " A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

  • Senator Casey Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Stabenow Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Baldwin Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator McCaskill Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Nelson Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Tester Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, 40 Senate Democrats Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. " A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

  • Senator Casey Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Stabenow Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Baldwin Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator McCaskill Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Nelson Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)
  • Senator Tester Voted Against "Kate's Law." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2017, 188 House Democrats Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act, Which Would Restrict The Ability Of States And Localities To Receive Federal Grants If They Refused To Comply Or Interfered In The Enforcement Of Federal Immigration Laws. "A state or political subdivision not in compliance with such immigration enforcement provisions shall be ineligible to receive grants or assistance for: (1) incarceration of undocumented aliens; (2) the Cops on the Beat program; (3) the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice program; or (4) any Department of Justice (DOJ) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant substantially related to law enforcement, terrorism, national security, immigration, or naturalization." ("H.R. 3003 - No Sanctuary For Criminals Act," Congress.gov , Accessed On 2/6/18)

(H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D:188-3, 6/29/17)

  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act. (H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D:188-3, 6/29/17)
  • Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act. (H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D:188-3, 6/29/17)
  • Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act. (H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D:188-3, 6/29/17)

In 2017, 166 House Democrats Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D:24-166, 6/29/17)

  • Minority Leader Pelosi Voted Against Kate's Law. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D:24-166, 6/29/17)
  • Representative Rosen Voted Against Kate's Law. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D:24-166, 6/29/17)

Democrats Have Said Sanctuary Cities "Help Law Enforcement" And To Crack Down On Them "Is A Shameful Assault Against Immigrants"

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said "People Don't Understand" That Sanctuary Cities "Help Law Enforcement" And "Help Public Safety." "'People don't understand-the one problem I think the current occupant of the White House-they don't understand that sanctuary cities is [sic] what helps law enforcement. It helps public safety,' Pelosi said." (Charles Russell, "Pelosi On White House Immigration Framework: 'A Campaign To Make America White Again,'" Washington Free Beacon , 1/26/18)

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Stated That Sanctuary Jurisdictions "Keep Their Communities Safer," Adding That Illegal Immigrants Are "Honest, Hard-Working People, Not Criminals." SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): "These cities and towns are being called sanctuary cities because they have made a local and fact-based choice to keep their communities safe rather than serve as an arm of immigration enforcement. This bill would create new criminal penalties for undocumented immigrants and make life even harder for them, most of whom are honest, hard-working people, not criminals." (Senator Mazie Hirono, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 10/20/15)

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Described A Bill That Would Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable As "A Bill That Stands Against Everything America Represents." SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ): "I rise today to speak out against a bill that is misguiding, a bill that stands against everything that America represents, a bill that suggests this it will protect Americans when in fact it will protect Americans less." (Senator Bob Menendez, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 10/20/15)

  • Menendez Added That The Bill Was "A Stubborn, Relentless And Shameful Assault Against Immigrants." MENENDEZ: "A stubborn, relentless and shameful assault against immigrants." (Senator Bob Menendez, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 10/20/15)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Called Out Republicans For Putting Forth Legislation That Deals With Sanctuary Cities, Calling It A "Show Vote" And "A Dark, Divisive Place." SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "But this is a show vote, a show vote as my Republican colleague from Nevada said, to help someone in his quest for political office. Mr. President, there are so many vitally important policy debates that we could be turning to today. Instead, the Senate Republican leadership insists on leading us into this dark, divisive place for nothing more than political theater." (Senator Chuck Schumer, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 10/20/15)

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Called Forcing Sanctuary Cities To Obey Federal Immigration Laws "Disastrous." "'As a former mayor, I know first-hand how disastrous these policies would be for American cities, law enforcement officers, and their efforts to protect public safety.'" (Press Release, "Booker Statement On Attorney General's Sanctuary Cities Announcement," Senator Cory Booker , 3/27/17)

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Said He "Wholeheartedly Rejects" The Idea Of Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities. " Senator Sanders wholeheartedly rejects the 'The Great Sanctuary City Slander' as the politics of fear, and supports enacting community trust policies." (Issues, "A Fair And Humane Immigration Policy," Senator Bernie Sanders , Accessed 2/5/18)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Criticized "Crack[ing] Down On Cities That Are Defying Federal Authorities By Refusing To Turn Over Illegal Immigrants," Calling It "Unconstitutional." "Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday night for his pledge to crack down on cities that are defying federal authorities by refusing to turn over illegal immigrants, calling the move 'unconstitutional.'" (Christian M. Wade, "Sen. Warren Blasts White House Policies, Sanctuary City Threats," The Daily News , 4/14/17)

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Said Requiring Local Enforcement To Obey Federal Immigration Laws Was Akin To Holding Them "Captive" Around "Misplaced Priorities." "Harris, a former California attorney general who sits on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee told McClatchy Thursday, 'Local enforcement should not be held captive around this administration's misplaced priorities and we cannot pull back resources from local law enforcement to be able to do its job which is fundamentally to protect public safety in their community.'" (Katishi Maake and Anshu Siripurapu, "House Says No To Sanctuary Cities, Yes To Trump Immigration Crackdown," The Sacramento Bee , 6/29/17)

Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Touted Her Support For Immigration Claiming That We Are "A Beacon Of Hope" For Them. "'We are a nation of immigrants,' Rosen said. 'It is the reason people look to us. We are a beacon of hope.'" (Gary Martin, "Trump Talks Economy, Immigration In First State Of The Union," Las Vegas Review Journal , 1/30/18)


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