The Senate, 54-45, rejected the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to a “sanctuary cities” bill. The bill would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws.
From the GOP: In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania previews legislation on the Senate floor next week that would penalize ‘sanctuary’ cities – municipalities that forbid local police from cooperating with federal immigration officials when dealing with illegal immigrants. The Stop Sanctuary Policies Act would also provide additional protections to law enforcement and crack down on repeat illegal border crossers and violent felons, a provision known as Kate’s Law.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hammered the Obama administration during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday for failing to follow federal immigration laws, grilling Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña over the number of undocumented immigrants with criminal records released by the agency.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Tuesday a hearing earlier in the day on “sanctuary cities” would likely be the first part of a process that will lead to legislation for cities with laws and policies that provide safe-havens for illegal immigrants.
“I expect there will be legislation that will be offered, hearings on that and my hope is we’ll be in a position to vote a bill out of the Judiciary Committee and present it to the majority leader for his consideration in due course,” Cornyn said.