Stopping Sanctuary Cities

A year ago last week, Kate Steinle’s life was taken in broad daylight in San Francisco. She was shot by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times before — but because of San Francisco’s policy of not working with federal immigration authorities, found a safe haven there.

San Francisco and others like it are known as Sanctuary Cities — and their policies endanger the lives of Americans across the country.

Sanctuary cities are not providing safety, shelter, or security.

By refusing to comply with federal immigration laws and immigration authorities, these cities are knowingly creating an environment where repeat offenders can go without fear of repercussions.

That’s why today I voted for 2 bills — the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act and the Stop Illegal Reentry Act — aimed at tackling this issue. While Senate Democrats unfortunately blocked these two bills from proceeding, I will continue the fight.

As long as these cities exist, criminals like the one who took Kate Steinle’s life literally out of her father’s arms will continue to have sanctuary. It is time to secure the border, and stop sanctuary cities.

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