True Immigration Reform Amendment Added to Funding Bill

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Last week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a true immigration reform amendment to H.R. 4660, the 2015 fiscal year Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations (funding) bill. Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the amendment to deny federal funds to “sanctuary cities” – jurisdictions that impede immigration enforcement by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  Specifically, the Collins amendment prohibits federal funds from being used to assist state and local entities whose laws and policies obstruct and undermine federal immigration law and enforcement. The amendment primarily covers the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) which provides federal money to states and local municipalities for the costs they incur from the incarceration of criminal aliens. “This amendment sends a clear message that if localities and jurisdictions refuse to honor ICE detainers and implement policies that contradict federal immigration law, they should not be eligible to receive funds, specifically federal reimbursement grants under [SCAAP],” said Rep. Collins.

The House passed H.R. 4660 on May 30 and the bill now heads to the Senate for further amendments.

Watch Rep. Collins speak on the House floor about his true immigration reform amendment and the importance of enforcing our immigration laws.

 

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Content written by former Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.

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  1. avatar

    Just WATCH!!…once it gets to the Senate……………..it will not pass……ping pong….flip flop = politicians….

  2. avatar

    Interesting to note that this amendment passed unanimously. Maybe a lot of Democrats are getting the idea that their idea of amnesty aka “reform” is not as popular among the public as they thought. I’ve seen many a comment that starts “I’m a liberal, but I’m opposed to amnesty..”