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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


VIDEO: Rep. Black Urges Tough Action on Sanctuary Cities

June 29, 2017
Press Release

To watch Rep. Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE.


Washington, D.C. –  Today, the House of Representatives passed two bills cracking down on dangerous sanctuary city policies. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, spoke on the House floor in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law, which passed the House with bipartisan support. To watch a video of her remarks, click here. A transcript is provided below:

Mister Speaker, across the country, more than 300 municipalities have adopted policies to limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities, making it harder to keep our families and our communities safe.

Back in my home state of Tennessee, the Nashville City Council has recently been advancing legislation to become a sanctuary city.

Giving federal funds to sanctuary cities defies logic, and it demands action.

Yesterday, I offered an amendment to expand the bill before us today, so that sanctuary cities would no longer have access to Community Development Block Grants and certain other economic development grant programs that send more than $3 billion taxpayer dollars a year to local communities.

You see, it’s not only the Justice Department and Homeland Security grants this bill would block that support local law enforcement and public safety.

On its website, the Community Development Block Grant program says its purpose is to provide services to vulnerable communities and address issues that “pose an immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.”

What population is more vulnerable than the six-year-old girl in Lebanon, TN, who was sexually molested while she was sleeping?

Just last month, charges were brought against a criminal illegal immigrant for repeatedly breaking into her room at night and making videos while he assaulted her.  This evil individual had been in police custody before. 

For Kate Steinle, who the House is also remembering today, her killer had a criminal record of not one, or two, or three, but SEVEN felonies. 

He had been deported not once, or twice, or three times, but FIVE times!

Is that who liberal legislators around the country want to give “sanctuary?”

We need more communication and cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our communities safe, not less.

It’s time to stop giving tax dollars to these cities, and I’m voting for this bill today to do just that.

I yield back the balance of my time.

Click here for more information on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.




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.