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Culberson Cuts Off Federal Grant Funding to Sanctuary Cities

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Washington, July 7, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, at the urging of Representative John Culberson (TX-07), the Department of Justice (DOJ) released updated guidelines that disqualify sanctuary cities from receiving DOJ grant money. This policy change is in direct response to Rep. Culberson’s pressure on the Department of Justice since he became Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations.

On February 1, 2016, Rep. Culberson sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch that urged the DOJ to deny federal law enforcement grants to cities that do not comply with Federal law on sanctuary cities, 8 U.S.C. § 1373. Today, the DOJ notified local and state law enforcement agencies across America that they will no longer be eligible for federal law enforcement grants unless they certify under oath that their local or state laws do not interfere “in any way” with requests for immigration information from federal authorities.

“The Republican Congress enacted 8 U.S.C. § 1373 in 1996 to force local and state governments to repeal sanctuary city policies. Today this law is being fully enforced for the first time,” Rep. Culberson said.   “State and local governments must now choose between receiving federal law enforcement grant money or protecting dangerous criminal illegal aliens.  They can no longer do both. 

“In the last five years alone, local and state governments have received over $3.4 billion in federal law enforcement grants.

“Sanctuary cities are a hub for illegal aliens and criminal activity, and we’ve seen the tragic results of these policies time and time again. It has been more than a year since Kate Steinle was murdered at the hands of a criminal illegal alien who intentionally sought out shelter in San Francisco due to the city’s sanctuary policies. This violence and suffering is intolerable and completely preventable.” 

To read full text of the Department of Justice’s new guidelines, click here

To read full text of Rep. Culberson’s correspondence with the Department of Justice, click here.

To see a list of sanctuary cities across the country, click here.  

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