Congressman Rooney introduces bill to block federal funding to sanctuary cities
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to prohibit a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving federal financial assistance and protects local law enforcement officers within sanctuaries cities who cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Sanctuary jurisdictions that harbor criminal illegal aliens are a clear violation of federal law and place citizens of their communities in danger. As I have stated on many occasions, we are a nation of laws – we cannot make exceptions based on feelings and emotion. If these cities choose to break federal law, they should not be rewarded with funding.”
A sanctuary jurisdiction is a state or political subdivision that has a statute, policy, or practice in effect that prohibits or restricts information sharing about an individual's immigration status, or compliance with a lawfully issued detainer request or notification of release request.