Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would punish “sanctuary cities” in a 54-45 vote Monday.
The bill, called the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, needed to overcome a 60-vote threshold. It would withhold certain federal funding from states or cities that refuse to comply with requests from federal immigration officials to turn over immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the legislation, which includes a provision known as Kate’s Law, named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in San Francisco on July 1. The bill would impose a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years for illegal immigrants who are convicted of re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony or have three strikes for trying to enter the country illegally.
“It’s maddening that the Democrats are encouraging sanctuary cities like New Orleans that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement and let dangerous criminal illegals free,” Vitter said in a statement after the bill failed. Vitter has been pushing to defund sanctuary cities since 2007, when he served as chairman of the Border Security Caucus.(SNIP)
Just more proof the Democrat party cares nothing about co-operation for the betterment of the country, cares nothing about the rule of law, the Constitution or the freedom, safety and well being of law abiding legal American citizens.
When will America raise up?