H.R. 3003: No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

Author's Summary: "H.R. 3003 strengthens current law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. Specifically, the bill clarifies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority – the tool used by federal immigration enforcement officers to pick up criminal aliens from local jails – by established statutory probable cause standards to issue detainers for the first time. In addition, the bill withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from cooperating with ICE. Jurisdictions that comply with detainers are protected from being sued and victims of certain crimes are allowed to sue jurisdictions that refuse to comply and subsequently release criminal aliens onto the streets. Finally, the underlying bill includes Sarah and Grant’s Law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or are arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings."

IB's Summary: The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act takes aim at sanctuary cities themselves, overriding their local detention policies and barring them from receiving Homeland Security and Justice Dept. grants if they don’t comply.

Note that this bill has passed the House (VERY SOON after it was introduced), but will be moving on to the Senate. The bill itself is controversial, but the speed in which it has passed is also concerning.


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