Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) has proposed legislation, H.R. 83, to sanctuary cities, i.e., cities that refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement to deport illegal aliens. He stated that “One of the principal duties of the government is to protect its citizens, and the idea of sanctuary cities runs completely counter to that responsibility. Too many mayors and local governments think that they are above federal law and place their own ideology ahead of the safety of their residents. This bill will stop that practice by saying to these sanctuary cities, ‘If you refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, you will lose your federal funding.’”
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