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.