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S. 2146 (114th): Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act

About the bill

This is legislation proposing to block federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities that do not comply with DHS-issued detainer requests for illegal immigrants.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous for a U.S. city to ignore our nation’s immigration laws and provide safe harbor for illegal immigrants, and my bill will send the clear message to all sanctuary cities that their dangerous policies won’t be rewarded anymore,” said Senator David Vitter (R-LA), who introduced the bill earlier this month.

According to a press release issued by Vitter’s staff, the legislation would:

  • Define a sanctuary jurisdiction as a state or locality that prohibits its law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials
  • Direct DHS to publicly list which jurisdictions are deemed sanctuary jurisdictions
  • Redirect funds withheld from sanctuary cities ...

Sponsor and status

David Vitter

Sponsor. Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 7, 2015
Length: 18 pages
Oct 6, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on October 20, 2015.


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (Oct 20, 2015)

What legislators are saying

Isakson, Perdue Vote to Stop Federal Funding for 'Sanctuary Cities'
    — Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA, 2005-2019] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 20, 2015

Inhofe Votes for the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 20, 2015

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, on the Stop Sanctuary Cities Policies and Protect Americans Act, S.2146
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] on Oct 20, 2015

More statements at ProPublica Represent...


Oct 6, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Oct 7, 2015
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 20, 2015
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

S. 2146 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2146. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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