01.25.17

Trump Heeds Daines’ Call: Pulls Funding from Sanctuary Cities

 U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump’s executive action to remove federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services. 

“America’s cities need to uphold the rule of law and prosecute criminals who are not only in our country illegally, but repeatedly violate the laws of our nation,” Daines stated. “I’m pleased the President has taken this important action to protect Americans and uphold our nation’s laws.” 

A sanctuary jurisdiction is a state or locality that forbids its local law enforcement from:

  • Sharing information with federal immigration officials,
  • Complying with an immigration detainer.

In Daines’ letter to Trump on December 6, 2016, Daines urged him to implement strong immigration policies including precluding sanctuary cities from receiving federal funding.

Daines is a co-sponsor of S. 87, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which would withhold certain federal funds from cities with sanctuary policies in an effort to convince these cities to allow their law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials. 

On July 6, 2016, Daines voted in support of S.3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which also have withheld certain federal funds from cities with sanctuary policies in an effort to convince these cities to allow their law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

On October 20, 2015, Daines voted in support of S.2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act which would cuts off certain federal funding and forces these once-sanctuary cities to comply with immigration services, while increasing the penalty for illegal immigrants re-entering the country. 

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