Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) supported final passage of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2014, which included his amendment that bars cities that do not fully assist with federal immigration enforcement, also known as sanctuary cities, from funding appropriated through this bill.
"As a border state representative, I am determined to find solutions that will finally fix our broken immigration system. My amendment, passed by the House of Representatives last night and included in today's final passage, prohibits federal dollars from going to cities that avoid complying with their obligation to share information with DHS, state, and local governments with respect to immigration enforcement.
"True immigration reform requires increasing immigration enforcement efforts, so prohibiting federal funds from being used in cities that do not comply with current law is a rational first step. The reality is that sanctuary cities contribute to an ever bigger illegal immigration problem and should not benefit from federal law enforcement funding. These funds should be reserved for those cities that actively enforce the law.
"We must continue to find ways to reform our broken immigration system that focus on fairness, security, and does not add to our over-burdened welfare system."
In 1996, Congress adopted The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act that barred state and local governments from prohibiting employees from providing, receiving, or sharing information on illegal aliens with federal government immigration officials. This amendment ensures that funds from the DHS appropriations bill do not go to cities that fail to comply with this federal statute.
Salmon offered his amendment last night during debate on the bill and his amendment was adopted by voice vote.