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H.R. 3009 (114th): Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 9, 2015 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009) would end funding from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to state or local governments that inhibit the enforcement of federal immigration laws or prohibit officials from gathering information on the citizenship of any individual. According to a press release by bill sponsor Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA50), the bill is designed to penalize “sanctuary cities,” which provide shelter for illegal immigrants, for refusing to cooperate with the federal government on immigration policy. The bill passed the House by a partisan vote of 241–179 with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3009

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 9, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Salmon, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Buck, Mr. Grothman, Mr. Mica, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Babin, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Jones, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Yoho, and Mr. Weber of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend section 241(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to deny assistance under such section to a State or political subdivision of a State that prohibits its officials from taking certain actions with respect to immigration.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.

2.

Eligibility requirements for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding

Section 241(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1231(i)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(7)

A State (or a political subdivision of a State) shall not be eligible to enter into a contractual arrangement under paragraph (1) if the State (or political subdivision)—

(A)

has in effect any law, policy, or procedure in contravention of subsection (a) or (b) of section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373); or

(B)

prohibits State or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

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3.

Limitation on DOJ grant programs

(a)

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In the case of a State or unit of local government that received a grant award under part Q of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd et seq.), if, during a fiscal year, that State or local government is a State or local government described in subsection (c), the Attorney General shall withhold all of the amount that would otherwise be awarded to that State or unit of local government for the following fiscal year.

(b)

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In the case of a State or unit of local government that received a grant award under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.), if, during a fiscal year, that State or unit of local government is described in subsection (c), the Attorney General shall withhold all of the amount that would otherwise be awarded to that State or unit of local government for the following fiscal year.

(c)

States and local governments described

A State or unit of local government described in this subsection is any State or local government that—

(1)

has in effect any law, policy, or procedure in contravention of subsection (a) or (b) of section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373); or

(2)

prohibits State or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.