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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S.2146)

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Senate will hold a test vote on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S.2146; Text of Legislation) a measure that would punish cities that fail to follow federal immigration laws and guidance, which is leading to preventable violence by illegal aliens against Americans.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has decided to give special treatment to the bill which is authored by U.S. Senator of Louisiana David Vitter (R) and skip the committee process and “fast track” it directly for a vote to the Senate floor.

In the bill, sanctuary cities are defined as a state or local government that prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials and the legislation would withhold some federal funding and grants.

In July, Kathryn Steinle as she walked with her father on a San Francisco, California  pier was shot dead by an illegal alien criminal Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez who had been previously convicted of seven felonies and deported five times.  And until they could take him into custody the Department of Homeland Security asked San Francisco police to hold this illegal alien.  However, as a result of the sanctuary city policy of San Francisco they refused to cooperate.  

After the murder of Kathryn Steinle, there was a public outcry over so-called “sanctuary cities” yet their number has grown to 340, and new statistics show that monthly they release 1,000 inmates, many with violent histories.

Also, Kate's Law, a measure that would establish a five-year minimum sentence for illegal aliens who re-enter the United States after an aggravated felony conviction or after twice re-entering the country illegally is incorporated into Vitter's legislation.

However, to advance the bill, 60 votes are required which is a threshold that is unlikely to be attained.   Unfortunately, illegal alien criminals are more important to Democrats than American citizens and they view them as wards of the party and potential voters. And most if not all Democrats will oppose and are expected to block the measure.

Furthermore, unless they win amendments, U.S. Senator of Nevada Dean Heller (R) and U.S. Senator of Arizona Jeff Flake (R) will not commit to supporting the bill. For example, Senator Flake does not support stricter sentencing laws but does support the withholding of federal funds.  And any bill that punishes sanctuary cites, President Barack Obama has promised to veto.

In July, the House of Representatives passed legislation penalizing sanctuary cities but a veto of the bill was promised by President Obama who said the bill lacked "comprehensive reforms needed to fix the nation's broken immigration laws."

Additional Reading

1.    Sanctuary cities explode to 340: 9,295 illegals released from jail, 6,460 still at-large 

2.    Senate to consider anti-Sanctuary City legislation 

3.    Senate Dems to block bill punishing 'sanctuary cities' 

4.    GOP zeroes in on sanctuary cities

What Can You Do?  

Urge your senators  TO SUPPORT   Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S.2146).  Following a series of crimes committed by illegal aliens allowed to remain free in the United States as a result to the protection of sanctuary cities the bill is needed.  A clear message must be sent to all sanctuary cities that they can no longer ignore this nation's immigration laws and provide a safe harbor for criminal illegal aliens that puts ever resident of this nation in danger. And simply needing to be ended are policies that allow a safe harbor for illegal aliens.  

The following senators should be targeted:

U.S. Senator of Arizona Jeff Flake (R): (202) 224-4521

U.S. Senator of Nevada Dean Heller (R): (202) 224-6244

 Contact Information:  

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm     

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510   

Dear Senator (last name):  

 

 

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