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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Introduces Legislation to Combat Sanctuary Cities; Enforce Federal Immigration Law

July 7, 2016
Press Release


Rep. Black speaks on the House floor earlier today against funding for sanctuary cities. To watch a video, click HERE or the image above. 

Washington, D.C. –  Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and the recipient of an A+ lifetime rating from NumbersUSA, introduced H.R. 5654, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.  The legislation would withhold key federal funding streams from sanctuary cities; jurisdictions that forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. The bill is a companion to Senator Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) legislation of the same name. Congressman Black and Senator Toomey released the following statements:

“We all know that, for years now, Congress has ceded more and more power to the executive branch. But less talked about is the fact that, for just as long, Congress has also done the exact same thing with more than 200 rogue localities that willfully ignore federal immigration law. This is unconscionable. Sanctuary cities thumb their nose at Congress, they flout the law, and they endanger the lives of their own citizens. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act will take a broad-based approach to cutting off funding for these jurisdictions and asserting Congress’s Constitutional role in setting immigration policy,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I have been fighting to combat sanctuary city policies since I first came to Congress in 2011, and I am proud to join Senator Pat Toomey in this effort today. It is appalling that Senate Democrats chose to play politics with public safety and block his bill from moving forward in their chamber. With today’s introduction in the House, we are providing a renewed opportunity to advance this needed solution. If Democrats in Congress won’t work with us to toughen our immigration laws, the least they can do is support this legislation to enforce the ones we already have.”

"I am pleased that Congressman Black and her colleagues have introduced companion legislation in the House that will protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are in the U.S. illegally. Despite receiving  support from a bipartisan majority, my legislation was regrettably blocked in the Senate. We cannot give up the fight. The House introduction provides another opportunity to focus on this issue,” said Senator Pat Toomey. “Our proposal stands for the simple proposition that public safety matters. The lives of Kate Steinle and other innocent Americans matter. Protecting our neighborhoods from violent criminals and terrorists matters.” 

As a member of the House Border Security Caucus, Congressman Black has been a longtime leader in the fight for tough enforcement of federal immigration law. Weeks after being sworn in as a Member of Congress, she cosponsored the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. She voted for the most recent iteration of the bill when it came to the House floor on July 23, 2015 (see roll call vote here) and has supported measures to combat sanctuary city policies throughout her time in Congress, earning her a rare A+ lifetime rating from the anti-amnesty group NumbersUSA. Black is the co-author of the SMART Border Act of 2015, which would mandate operational control of the U.S-Mexico border territory within one year of enactment, and earlier this year, participated in a site visit to the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border region. In May of this year, she introduced an amendment to withhold funding for sanctuary cities in the House Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. Congressman Black’s amendment passed by a voice vote, but the underlying bill was rejected for unrelated reasons.