Key Republican Appropriator Urges Lynch to Stop Sanctuary Cities, Threatens Justice Department Funding

House AppropriationsRep. John Culberson (R-Texas), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch threatening to exercise his budget authority if she doesn’t take steps to shut down sanctuary cities — state and local jurisdictions with policies intended to impede the enforcement of immigration law by federal immigration officials.

The Texas Republican didn’t mince words on sanctuary city policies and the threat they pose to the safety of American citizens:

 “Sanctuary city policies across the country prevent state and local law enforcement from notifying the Department of Homeland Security when an illegal alien is released from their custody. This is unacceptable, and it allows thousands of criminal aliens to remain on the streets. The senseless, preventable deaths which have occurred as a direct result of these policies include Kate Steinle who was shot and killed in San Francisco by a seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee who was released onto the streets of San Francisco due to their reckless and illegal sanctuary policy.”

Specifically, Culberson outlined several actions that he expects Lynch to take in order to ensure compliance with existing Federal immigration law — notably Section 1373 of the Immigration and Nationality Act — and help prevent the release of criminal aliens into American communities. These include:

  1. Work with state and local jurisdictions to change their illegal sanctuary policies. If they  refuse, then take legal action to compel their compliance with Section 1373;
  2. For fiscal year 2016, amend the application forms for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants, and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) reimbursement program to require grantees to certify that they do not have policies that violate Section 1373;
  3. Deny funding to any state and local jurisdictions that refuse to comply with Section 1373; and
  4. Determine if state and local jurisdictions that knowingly release criminal aliens are in violation of Section 1324 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits shielding illegal aliens from detection.

If Lynch refuses to take the aforementioned actions, Culberson warned that the Justice Department could face consequences when Congress writes its 2017 spending bill:

“I’ve asked Attorney General Lynch to take specific actions to address this issue. I hope the Attorney General will do the right thing here so that I am not compelled to object to relevant portions of the Department’s spending plan and reprogramming requests. Any refusal by the Department to comply with these reasonable and timely requests will factor heavily in my consideration of their 2017 budget requests, and whether or not I will include language in the fiscal year 2017 CJS appropriations bill prohibiting the award of law enforcement grants to jurisdictions that harbor illegal aliens. I will include language in this year’s bill requiring the DOJ to amend the application process for Byrne JAG, COPS, and SCAAP grants so that grantees must certify under oath that they are in compliance with Section 1373 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

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RJ Hauman joined FAIR in 2015, bringing valuable legislative, regulatory, and political experience to the Government Relations department. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing legislation and regulations, as well as building and maintaining relationships with Capitol Hill staff. During his time on Capitol Hill, RJ gained immigration policy experience as an aide to former Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), who chaired the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. RJ holds a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University.

Comments

  1. avatar Barbara Griffith says:

    If that’s the same Mayor that is gay because if he is he even mentioned that he would like to have Sharia Law in Seattle so the Muslims that have taken out loans wouldn’t have to pay interest on them if it was run through a Muslim organization that was managed following Sharia law. I guess the fool don’t know that in a Muslim country he might find himself tossed off a ten story building if that was known to the public about him being gay.

  2. avatar Barbara Kelly says:

    Enough is Enough, the solution to all this mess, is to remove the one that is causing it. Before he came a senator he took is oath on the Quran, Tell me did he take the oath on the Quran also when he became Pres. He is not fit to have this job. When it comes to anyone else as a citizen. He would be kicked out. Why in the hell are you bums holding him up to still be Pres. especially with all the laws that he has broken. None of you are fit you hold the job you have in Congress or Senate. Where is your duty to honor the position that you are holding. The rino’s need to go. They are tearing down this country and I hope they get what is coming to them. —A kick in the rear.!! and thrown out of Gov.

    • avatar No Change says:

      you will get what is coming too…..Barbara…..All congress is guilty as you are and the rest of the people for not voting……

  3. I Remember When the Mayor of Seattle Took Official Duty Time and Used Local Police for the Illegal Alien Parade on a May Day

    Derelict duty and illegal funding of Sanctuary Cities WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS. That mayor should have been immediately impeached.