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house Bill H.R. 2988

Should Sanctuary Cities Not Receive Federal Law Enforcement Grants if They Don’t Assist Federal Immigration Enforcement?

Argument in favor

Sanctuary cities are actively subverting the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration law and jeopardize public safety by allowing criminals who are in the country illegally to go free despite federal detainer requests. As long as sanctuary cities refuse to help federal immigration enforcement efforts, they shouldn’t get federal law enforcement grants.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/15/2019
I strongly recommend and support this legislation. Sanctuary cities and states should not receive one cent of our tax dollars for this lawless and unconstitutional position of theirs. The DOJ should move to indict and prosecute those who support this criminal behavior. #MAGA
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/15/2019
Deny Federal Funds To Sanctuary Cites Who Refuse Helping Fed Agents Sanctuary cities are actively subverting the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration law and jeopardize public safety by allowing criminals who are in the country illegally to go free despite federal detainer requests. As long as sanctuary cities refuse to help federal immigration enforcement efforts, they shouldn’t get federal law enforcement grants. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.17.19.....
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Chris's Opinion
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09/15/2019
One Reason: Shooting of Kate Steinle. On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle, while walking with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco, was shot by José Inez García Zárate, who claimed a gun had fired accidentally while he was picking it up. Deported NUMEROUS TIMES; yet San Francisco did nothing to protect its own citizens; there was Probably a Warrant issued for this Man to be Deported AGAIN..but like Every other sanctuary city they ignored it; so the blood of her death is on every citizen who votes these policies & the people whom are in charge of implementing them; and if ALL you See is Race in this then YOU are the Racist and NOT Me. If this Statement is cruel; or Harsh then IMAGINE how Kates Father felt knowing that just Justice System failed HIM!! HIM!! An American CITIZEN & choose an Illegal immigrant over his DaughterJUST to keep in Power; So YES...I blame EACH AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON who voted too these people & Policies in place. This is NOT ABOUT RACE...this is about Justice and Sovereignty and if ALL you see is Race in EVERYTHING...then YOU are the Racist. #TRUMP2020
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Argument opposed

It may not be constitutional for Congress to enact this bill, as the Supreme Court has previously found it unconstitutional for Congress to withhold federal funding from states and localities in retaliation for their refusal to implement a federal program. The constitutionality of DHS detainers is questionable, too — so that part of this bill may also be unimplementable.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/15/2019
The courts already ruled this unconstitutional. End of story.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/15/2019
This proposed legislation is bullshit political doublespeak -just to justify the ongoing war on immigrants of color. If anyone cares to remember, this all started with trump being called out by FOX shock-jock pundits for not delivering on his "Wall", and the justifications for the wall being that it was needed to stop the massive influx of terrorists, drug lords, cartel enforcers, human traffickers, and crazed gang members. The only ’evil’ immigrants found so far have been those actual criminals that were previously deported by Obama. The only 'captured' immigrants so far have been asylum seekers. The only trump deportations so far have been taxpaying hard working immigrants, many of whom have peacefully lived and worked here for years. So, representative numb-nuts: “where’s the beef”. You claim this is to protect citizens from what is still an unsubstantiated claim that they need protection. You propose legislation that has already been ruled unlawful. You and your ilk are part of the cancer eating away at our democracy. Luckily, an enlightened electorate will be able to treat this disease and flush you out of office, and back into the sewer from whence you came.
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Loretta's Opinion
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09/15/2019
Just leave Sanctuary Cities alone. Ice has now turned into the Gestapo under this Administration! Bring our Democracy Back 2020...DUMP TRUMP
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    I strongly recommend and support this legislation. Sanctuary cities and states should not receive one cent of our tax dollars for this lawless and unconstitutional position of theirs. The DOJ should move to indict and prosecute those who support this criminal behavior. #MAGA
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    The courts already ruled this unconstitutional. End of story.
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    This proposed legislation is bullshit political doublespeak -just to justify the ongoing war on immigrants of color. If anyone cares to remember, this all started with trump being called out by FOX shock-jock pundits for not delivering on his "Wall", and the justifications for the wall being that it was needed to stop the massive influx of terrorists, drug lords, cartel enforcers, human traffickers, and crazed gang members. The only ’evil’ immigrants found so far have been those actual criminals that were previously deported by Obama. The only 'captured' immigrants so far have been asylum seekers. The only trump deportations so far have been taxpaying hard working immigrants, many of whom have peacefully lived and worked here for years. So, representative numb-nuts: “where’s the beef”. You claim this is to protect citizens from what is still an unsubstantiated claim that they need protection. You propose legislation that has already been ruled unlawful. You and your ilk are part of the cancer eating away at our democracy. Luckily, an enlightened electorate will be able to treat this disease and flush you out of office, and back into the sewer from whence you came.
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    Just leave Sanctuary Cities alone. Ice has now turned into the Gestapo under this Administration! Bring our Democracy Back 2020...DUMP TRUMP
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    No arm of the Federal government has any right to ask any lower level of government to violate the law in the service of the Federal governments jobs. That is what most of these requests are. It is also unconstitutional to require local law enforcement to take action on Federal issues where there is no court order. Even WITH a court order, there is normally reimbursement from the Federal Government for local officers assisting in Federal issues. Now you want to punish the state for acting correctly under the law and within the constraints of the constitution! Just NO already!
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    Deny Federal Funds To Sanctuary Cites Who Refuse Helping Fed Agents Sanctuary cities are actively subverting the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration law and jeopardize public safety by allowing criminals who are in the country illegally to go free despite federal detainer requests. As long as sanctuary cities refuse to help federal immigration enforcement efforts, they shouldn’t get federal law enforcement grants. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.17.19.....
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    One Reason: Shooting of Kate Steinle. On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle, while walking with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco, was shot by José Inez García Zárate, who claimed a gun had fired accidentally while he was picking it up. Deported NUMEROUS TIMES; yet San Francisco did nothing to protect its own citizens; there was Probably a Warrant issued for this Man to be Deported AGAIN..but like Every other sanctuary city they ignored it; so the blood of her death is on every citizen who votes these policies & the people whom are in charge of implementing them; and if ALL you See is Race in this then YOU are the Racist and NOT Me. If this Statement is cruel; or Harsh then IMAGINE how Kates Father felt knowing that just Justice System failed HIM!! HIM!! An American CITIZEN & choose an Illegal immigrant over his DaughterJUST to keep in Power; So YES...I blame EACH AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON who voted too these people & Policies in place. This is NOT ABOUT RACE...this is about Justice and Sovereignty and if ALL you see is Race in EVERYTHING...then YOU are the Racist. #TRUMP2020
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    Just stop with all this immigration hate.
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    Beautiful articulate statement by jimK Appropriately outraged by the hateful bullshit of Trump and his administration. Keep educating us jimK. And thank you for your insights!
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    Bill H.R. 2988 is clearly unconstitutional and should not even be voted on. Cities should not be responsible for doing those lazy federal detainers' jobs for them.
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    It’s like the republicans have been possessed. No real republican would ever give states rights to the federal government. And for another thing, this is anti-American, plain and simple. No.
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    Funny how Republicans talked all the time about states’ rights and local control when we had a Democratic President and now they become the biggest supporters of federal power when their racist scum President sits in the White House. This kind of law has already been declared unconstitutional and you only make immigrants distrustful of their own local police when you force local law enforcement to assist immigration authorities.
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    Most definitely! There have to be some kind of repercussion/consequence to those who choose to subvert the law of the land!!! Personally I think jail time and stripped of their political positions would be in order as well!!!
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    Very well said, Matthew! When will the Repugnants put forth a bill that actually helps people or wasn’t just more bull? Haven’t seen one of those in a very long time.
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    No money for sanctuary cities who are willingly breaking immigration laws and keeping ICE from doing their jobs.
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    This is unconstitutional, and it makes me so sad that people really believe immigrants are a danger to us. It’s pure manipulation to keep brown people out of this country. Quick history reminder, we caused the violence in Central America that is pushing people into our country, most of which as refugees. It’s our NRA gun lobby that puts guns in the hands of criminals and it’s our racism and othering mentality that creates conflict between immigrants and people born here. Stop trying to hurt people who are already at their most vulnerable and stop trying to make America “white” again, it never was and it will never be.
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    Constitutional Authority!
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    Laws are laws and should be followed, prosecuted or changed. I’d prefer local officials be prosecuted, but withholding federal funds is a good start.
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    This is an unconstitutional bill. The Supreme Court has already found its illegal to withhold federal funds from any entity that is supposed to receive. So the bill is ILLEGAL.
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    Again you miss the point. If Congress did it’s job, WE WOULD NOT NEED SANCTUARY CITIES. Fix the immigration laws you created or move aside for new leadership capable of cleaning up your mess.
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