U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today voted to stop federal funds from going to cities or states that ignore federal immigration laws and harbor illegal immigrants:
“So-called ‘sanctuary cities’ undermine the rule of law, and they are simply unacceptable, “said Senator Isakson. “Our immigration laws must be followed, and I stand in full support of cities and local communities that work with federal officials to enforce these laws. I will continue working to hold accountable those who choose not to follow the rule of law, and I will seek solutions that allow local law enforcement to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security to detain those who pose a threat to our families and local communities.”
The legislation seeks to deter cities from becoming sanctuary cities by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to publicly list the more than 300 jurisdictions that are refusing to follow immigration laws.
The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act also establishes Kate’s Law, which requires a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for illegal immigrants who are convicted of re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony or being convicted of having illegally re-entered the United States twice previously.
Currently, there are approximately 170,000 convicted criminal aliens who have been ordered to be deported, but who remain at large in the United States. Over 300 cities currently provide safe haven as sanctuary cities.