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    House Republicans Urge Appropriators to Block Sanctuary City, Amnesty Funding in Spen

    House Republicans Urge Appropriators to Block Sanctuary City, Amnesty Funding in Spending Bills

    by CAROLINE MAY
    25 Mar 2016

    Forty-two House Republicans are pressing appropriators to defund sanctuary jurisdictions that protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

    In a letter to the committee heads that oversee Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department funding, the 42 lawmakers, led by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), urge that their upcoming spending bills include language blocking funding from sanctuary cities.

    “The concept of sanctuary city policies is in direct opposition to the Rule of Law,” the letter reads. “A nation of laws must enforce established law, not seek ways to skirt enforcement. Sanctuary cities defy federal immigration laws by harboring untold numbers of illegal immigrants and providing safe havens for criminals, many of whom are violent offenders.”

    In addition to pressing for appropriators to defund sanctuary cities, Gosar marshaled lawmakers to press appropriators to include additional immigration items in their spending bills. Twenty-one members signed onto Gosar’s letter seeking for appropriators to leverage certain DHS funding in order to pressure the administration into finishing the rest of the 2006-mandated border fence. Thirty-five House member joined Gosar in a letter calling for the upcoming DHS spending bill to block funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty.

    “The House of Representatives — indeed, the legislative branch — must take a stand against these overreaching actions. Our constituents sent us to Washington to put a stop to this nonsense. The Founding Fathers meant for this hallowed body to be tied most closely to the will of the American citizenry. We must assert out constitutional power of the purse against the president. In doing so, the will of the people will be done,” the 36 lawmaker’s letter reads.

    Additionally, Gosar led 20 House members to block funding for the Central American Minors (CAM) program to fly Central American minors to the U.S., and 47 members joined Gosar to fully fund the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).

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    Lawmakers push Homeland Security funding ban for sanctuary cities

    By CURT MILLS • 3/31/16 1:46 PM

    Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and 42 other lawmakers are pushing Congress to a ban Department of Homeland Security funding for "sanctuary cities," jurisdictions that flout federal law by sheltering illegal immigrants.

    Gosar and his allies are urging the House Appropriations Committee to prohibit funding for these locations in the next fiscal year, and have signed a letter demanding that change to Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

    On Thursday, Jones announced he is the latest lawmaker to sign the letter.

    "One of the primary purposes of government is to protect American citizens. Sanctuary cities provide protection to violent illegal aliens at the expense of law-abiding American citizens. It's outrageous, and it's got to stop," Jones said in a release.

    "I have consistently voted to stop illegal immigration into this country and to stem the flow of benefits to those who have broken our immigration laws," he said. "I will continue to do everything I can to ensure American citizens are kept safe from violent illegal aliens."

    Jones said the Center for Immigration Studies has found 276 sanctuary cities and jurisdictions across the country in which "federal immigration laws are disregarded by local authorities."

    The lawmakers' efforts parallel several national legislative efforts in reaction to the murder of Kate Steinle in sanctuary San Francisco last year, including "Kate's Law" pushed by Sen. Ted Cruz, and backed by his primary rival Donald Trump.

    Most of the signatories also voted for "Kate's Law" in the House, and many have endorsed Cruz for president. Another signatory to the letter, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has endorsed Trump, and is heading up Trump's congressional outreach committee.

    As recently as Wednesday, law enforcement apprehended three illegal immigrants in New York state.

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