Friday, July 24, 2015
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to punish “sanctuary cities.” The 241-to-179 vote, which was backed by Republican leaders and fell largely along party lines, is a response to the July 1 killing of a California woman. The shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a San Francisco pier, allegedly at the hands of an undocumented immigrant who was released from local police custody, has sparked a national debate.
Under the legislation, cities that do not comply fully with federal immigration authorities would be ineligible for various Justice Department law enforcement grants.
It has been reported that the legislation already faces a White House veto threat. The White House said the bill “fails to offer” comprehensive reforms and undermines current efforts to remove dangerous convicted criminals and work with local law enforcement.