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Rep. Black Slams California Judge Ruling Blocking Trump Administration’s Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities

Apr 26, 2017 Issues: Immigration

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, responded to California Judge William Orrick’s ruling to block the Trump Administration’s actions to enforce common-sense immigration policy and withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. Black released the following statement:

“Yesterday’s ruling by one activist California judge will not stop the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict funding from sanctuary cities that defy federal law.  In fact, the ruling confirms that the Justice Department can continue to enforce existing requirements that billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding go only to localities that meet their legal obligation to share immigration information and assist federal authorities in carrying out immigration law. 

“While the Administration continues to fight for these common-sense policies in court, Congress can act immediately to ensure the grant dollars in question, and many other sources of federal funding, are not sent to sanctuary cities.

“To protect our citizens across the nation, I co-authored H.R. 400,  the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, with Senator Pat Toomey to block these law breaking jurisdictions from receiving federal funds from a wide variety of agencies and programs. Our legislation currently has over 100 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.

“I applaud President Trump for his leadership in cracking down on dangerous sanctuary cities.  Immediate passage of H.R. 400 is the fastest and best solution to put an end to the sanctuary cities placing the convenience of violent drug cartels and repeat law breakers ahead of the safety and security of their own citizens.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.