Grassley pushing for government to act on ‘sanctuary cities’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has introduced legislation to hold accountable sanctuary jurisdictions that are harboring illegal immigrants who have criminal records.

Grassley’s legislation would withhold federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate on criminal aliens and other high priority individuals.  The bill would also increase the amount of time, from up to 2 years to a mandatory 5 years, an illegal immigrant must spend in jail for re-entry after deportation.

“No more people should die at the hands of those who ignore our immigration laws and commit crimes. No more families should have to go through what our hearing witnesses have experienced,” Grassley said. “Sanctuary jurisdictions are giving a free pass to illegal immigrants who have repeatedly violated this country’s laws and are now going on to commit other serious, violent offenses.”

Grassley’s bill comes as he convened a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday focusing on how the Obama administration’s immigration policies and practices are hurting American families.  The Committee heard powerful testimony from a number of relatives who have lost loved ones as a direct result of the administration’s failure to deport criminals or its tolerance of sanctuary policies.