So-called “sanctuary cities” — those providing refugee to illegal aliens — receive billions of dollars in federal funding despite their brazen disrespect for the law. Given the immense costs of illegal immigration — both in benefits paid out and tax revenues lost from the displacement of legal American labor — it makes no sense for the federal government to be paying out funds to the cities enabling those costs to exist.
For that reason, numerous attempts have been made at blocking off certain federal funds to sanctuary cities, with the most recent being last night.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The House late Wednesday voted to block federal transportation and housing funding from cities and states that choose not to cooperate with federal officials on immigration.
Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., brought up his language as an amendment to a minibus spending bill and proposed attaching it to part of the bill that deals with transportation and housing funding. It was the latest Republican attack on so-called sanctuary cities, which reject federal demands to cooperate when it comes to detaining and tracking illegal immigrants.
“It just requires that funds in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funds only go to cities and states that uphold federal law,” Smith said in late Wednesday debate.
According to a summary of his proposal, it would prevent any funds from being directed to any local government that blocks “any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”
Republicans won the day, and the amendment was approved in an 225-195 vote.
Back in late June the House passed similar legislation, barring sanctuary cities from receiving federal grants from the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security. That bit of legislation, the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” was passed by a similar margin, 228-195.
With this much success in passing anti-illegal immigration legislation, why in the world are Congressional Republicans willing to compromise with Democrats when it comes to DACA?