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Location: Washington, DC

RECESS -- (Senate - March 13, 2008)


Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I have no objection to this study amendment. I will support it. I will be happy to support it by voice vote.

For the record, I would like to correct two things. First, I do not support any sanctuary city program. What my amendment does, which is coming up, would be to say that sanctuary cities, which defy Federal law, are going to have to pay some consequence for going completely contrary to Federal law. Do you believe there should be some appropriate consequence for defying Federal immigration law?

With regard to that amendment, I hope to get bipartisan support.

I yield back.



Mr. VITTER. I call up the Vitter sanctuary city amendment.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report.

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

The Senator from Louisiana [Mr. Vitter], for himself and Mr. Inhofe, proposes an amendment numbered 4309.

Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

The amendment (No. 4309) is as follows:
(Purpose: To create a reserve fund to ensure that Federal assistance does not go to sanctuary cities that ignore the immigration laws of the United States and create safe havens for illegal aliens and potential terrorists)

On page 69, after line 25, add the following:


The Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate may revise the allocations of a committee or committees, aggregates, and other levels in this resolution for a bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report that would ensure that funds appropriated for the Community Oriented Policing Services Program are not used in violation of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373(a)), provided that such legislation would not increase the deficit over--

(1) the 6-year period comprised of fiscal years 2008 through 2013; or

(2) the 11-year period comprised of fiscal years 2008 through 2018.

Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I was happy to support that study amendment. But this is the meat of the issue. There are so-called sanctuary cities all across the country which establish, as an official policy of their jurisdiction, an official action by vote of the council: We are not going to cooperate with Federal immigration enforcement officials. That is wrong. What is more, it is completely contrary to Federal immigration law.

My amendment says: We are going to put some consequence to that defiance of Federal law. We are not going to give them COPS funds. We are going to send those funds, instead, to all of those other jurisdictions which abide by Federal law.

I reserve the remainder of my time.


Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, if folks feel that way, they should come to Congress and change Federal law, not simply defy Federal law. This is another amnesty vote. Are we going to give folks in sanctuary cities amnesty for defying Federal law and refusing to cooperate, as Federal law demands, with Federal immigration officials?

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