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house Bill H.R. 3009

Should Cities That Give Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrants Lose Federal Funding?

Argument in favor

Sanctuary cities encourage illegal immigration and endanger public safety by allowing undocumented people to stay in the country after being arrested for other crimes. Cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws shouldn’t get federal grant money.

Kathryn's Opinion
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07/23/2015
America can't afford to help its citizens so obviously we can no longer afford to aid foreign border crossers who break our laws to get in.
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Matthew's Opinion
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07/23/2015
It's outrageous for cities to break federal law and allow illegal immigrants to reside in their cities without fear of deportation. The impact these policies are devastating to the law-abiding citizens and legal residents of these cities.
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WiredPig's Opinion
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07/23/2015
I agree with a previous poster, federal funds are always tied to compliance with federal laws with the most notable being highway funds and the drinking age increase in the late 80's.
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Argument opposed

It's wrong to force communities to comply with immigration laws they don’t agree with. This bill threatens to erode community trust in law enforcement, and endanger public safety by holding federal law enforcement grants hostage.

Mcknightcm's Opinion
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07/23/2015
We need to find ways to give these immigrants an affordable pathway to citizenship.
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joshualogancook's Opinion
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07/23/2015
Withholding federal funds would result in insufficient police services instead of improving immigration issues. Punishment to the city would result in higher crime rates, which would result in more pressure on an then unfunded police department, creating a death spiral. This. Is. Not. A responsible method to solve the issue at hand.
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Javonna's Opinion
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07/23/2015
This law is bad on all grounds. There are laws that should not be made or introduced. This is pure amnesty. The law needs to be destroyed.
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    America can't afford to help its citizens so obviously we can no longer afford to aid foreign border crossers who break our laws to get in.
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    We need to find ways to give these immigrants an affordable pathway to citizenship.
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    It's outrageous for cities to break federal law and allow illegal immigrants to reside in their cities without fear of deportation. The impact these policies are devastating to the law-abiding citizens and legal residents of these cities.
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    Withholding federal funds would result in insufficient police services instead of improving immigration issues. Punishment to the city would result in higher crime rates, which would result in more pressure on an then unfunded police department, creating a death spiral. This. Is. Not. A responsible method to solve the issue at hand.
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    I agree with a previous poster, federal funds are always tied to compliance with federal laws with the most notable being highway funds and the drinking age increase in the late 80's.
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    Whether cities agree or disagree with immigration policy shouldn't be in question. Immigration policy is law, and must be enforced like any other. If you don't agree with DUI policy and actively drive under the influence, will you be punished if caught? Yes. Why? Because it is the law. We mustn't dance around immigration policy like it is a suggestion, and we should punish those who choose to treat it as so.
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    Yes, sanctuary cities should lose federal money. If you don't play by the rules, you don't get the benefits. Simple logic if your head is cleared of socialistic idealism.
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    This law is bad on all grounds. There are laws that should not be made or introduced. This is pure amnesty. The law needs to be destroyed.
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    Enough with the pandering and letting cities do what they want with law breakers. If you receive federal funds and are a sanctuary city then those monies should be forfeit until the city complies.
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    If these cities have the money to support this program .... Knock yourselves out... But I do not want one single penny of my tax dollars going to help criminals stay comfortable in America
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    The law says that entering this country without proper registration and permission to enter is illegal.
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    We should not be encouraging cities to harbor fugitives. If they don't like our rules they don't get our money.
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    I don't believe 'providing sanctuary' is the correct term for what is happening. I also think withholding federal dollars will end up causing more problems than you're trying to solve.
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    Illegal is illegal, my family came to America per the law and became citizens.
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    Encourage functional dialogue and engagement.
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    Why should they receive money for breaking the law?
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    Illegal is illegal... Get it?
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    Absolutely and retroactively if possible. And when they go immediately bankrupt let's be sure we have enough INS agents with dragnets to keep the displaced vermin from swarming elsewhere.
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    This is not a matter of failure to compliance with laws, this is a matter of allowing local governments the freedom to prioritize their own policing. These localities are not shielding illegal immigrants from prosecution, they are just not prioritizing locating them, instead expecting the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to do the job for which it was created. Cutting off funding to cities that choose to prioritize violent crimes over something that is technically outside of their jurisdiction is just petty politics.
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    Sanctuary cities should not only lose funding, they should also face legal prosecution.
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