(The Daily Signal) President Donald Trump’s executive order defunding sanctuary cities has been widely praised by Republicans in Congress, but one congressman wants to do more to encourage enforcement of immigration laws.
Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said in a press release addressing Trump’s executive order, “It is wonderful to finally have an ally in the White House.”
In early January, Barletta introduced the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act in Congress, several weeks before Trump’s executive order was issued. However, Barletta said his bill goes farther than Trump’s order.
Trump’s executive order, posted to the official White House website, states that the attorney general and secretary of homeland security “shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply … are not eligible to receive federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the attorney general or the secretary.”
“I view the president’s executive action as just a starting point, however, as I will be pushing my own legislation that would remove all federal funding—not just certain grants—from sanctuary cities who refuse to obey the law,” Barletta said in the press release.
The bill will block federal funding to any state or local government for a minimum of one year, and “directs the attorney general to compile an annual list of such cities and issue a report on any particular state or locality upon request from a member of Congress,” Barletta’s press release explained.
The state or local government can only regain federal funding once the attorney general certifies that they are following federal immigration law, as stated in a separate press release addressing the bill….