GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities’ Federal Funds to Border Wall Budget ✔

GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities’ Federal Funds to Border Wall Budget

Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., says security should be the first priority in the immigration process. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow  U.S. immigration law: Take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“How many innocent American lives must be lost before security becomes the first priority of immigration?” Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., asked the audience at an event Thursday at The Heritage Foundation.

“How many criminal aliens have to be released shy of justice being served for the rule of law to be affirmed as the first priority of a functioning society?”

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Strange’s legislation, introduced in May, would keep federal funds from being given to areas with sanctuary cities that fail to comply with the Justice Department in following immigration law, or that punish small businesses for submitting bids in the construction process for the border wall promised by Trump.

At the Heritage event, titled “Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities,” Strange explained:

My bill has two simple outcomes. Sanctuary jurisdictions can either follow the law or fund the wall. Failure to comply with federal immigration authorities and continued efforts to interfere with the lawful pursuit of border wall contracts by local businesses will be met with the loss of federal transportation and infrastructure grant funding. These funds will go towards the construction of our border wall.

Strange, 64, was appointed Feb. 9 to the Alabama seat vacated when the Senate confirmed one of their own, Jeff Sessions, to serve as attorney general.

Prior to his appointment, he had been Alabama’s attorney general since 2011.

Strange said he believes his legislation is a fiscally conservative way to provide funds for Trump’s promised border wall. None of the funds allocated would be earmarked for other purposes, he said.

“I want to be clear about that, these are not funds to pay for emergency preparedness, health care, or public safety,” Strange said. “They are transportation and infrastructure funds and they will be going to fund a major infrastructure project.”

The Alabama Republican said he is not certain on the timeline for the border wall, but that the project remains a top priority for Trump.

“I have not heard anything except the president say publicly and personally that he’s going to build the wall,” Strange said. “People in Alabama have certainly not forgotten that promise, and it is a critical commitment to our people.”

The nation will be better served if the rule of law prevails in the immigration process, Strange said.

“The fact that citizens and others who are here lawfully might be harmed by an unlawful measure picking winners and losers in the name of illegal immigration is the height of irony and liberal hypocrisy,” he said.

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Jason Lee

Sounds good to me.
LikeReply7Jun 29, 2017 6:37pm
Jacque Tertany · 

All for this and hope these sanctuary cities wise up or let them pay.
LikeReply8Jun 29, 2017 7:30pm
JC Rochester · 

Excellent idea!
Run with it.
LikeReply9Jun 30, 2017 1:16am
John Levin · 

Nice try Sen. Strange (awesome name!), but Mexico is paying for The Wall.

Maybe use sanctuary cities’ federal funds for debt reduction?

LikeReply3Jun 30, 2017 4:01am
Rick Shaffer

John Levin – The day that you actually agree with any article that doesn’t fall in line with your substandard liberal ideals it will be a miracle of amazing magnitude!

Your contentious spirit never permits anyone to have an idea that you don’t circumvent in some way or the other. I actually pity you! Try being in harmony with something that isn’t set in your liberal ideology. It will do you a world of good.

LikeReply7Jun 30, 2017 9:27am
Ronnie Burrows

We’ll just build it deeper and higher with California’s federal funds, lol. Oh and maybe more drones and a few more manned stations.
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 9:28pm
Anne Pearigen · 

Maybe you should take your liberal ideas and join up with all the country’s that have tried Socialism, they aren’t doing very good.
LikeReply2Jul 2, 2017 3:18am
Rick Shaffer

What a slap in the face to liberal fools who keep crying for open borders and opposing safety for real Americans while getting illegals out of our nation. Best laugh I had all day. The liberal jaws must have dropped to the floor when they read this one!
LikeReply12Jun 30, 2017 8:33am
Marron Tut

Excellent. Related to Mexico paying.
LikeReply3Jun 30, 2017 8:38am
Rick Shaffer

I like this idea far better. But Mexico’s money would be an additional blessing since they are the ones sending illegals to us.
LikeReply2Jun 30, 2017 9:28am
Kipp Exline · 

Luther Strange just got my vote for “Smartest Person on Capitol Hill”…at least for this week…..
LikeReply6Jun 30, 2017 9:47am
Jackie Daly · 

Works at Happily Retired
Yes send that money to build the WALL
Brenda Hines

Some? Take it ALL.
LikeReply3Jun 30, 2017 1:47pm
Christy Liepenski

Great idea!!
LikeReply2Jun 30, 2017 6:17pm
Cecil Baird

There’s one problem with his position…
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“And I want to be clear about that these are not funds to pay for emergency preparedness, health care, or public safety,” Strange said. “They are transportation and infrastructure funds and they will be going to fund a major infrastructure project.”
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Money is fungible. The transfer of money to a city alleviates, at least partially, the necessity for it to use its own funds for the designated project. Instead, the city (or county, or state…) has the ability to fund other projects.
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Say the city has 5 budgetary areas: transportation, public safeSee More
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 7:06am
Nancy Mickle · 

Wonder why this hasn’t ALREADY been DONE!!
LikeReply3Jul 1, 2017 8:18am
Teve Layton

Great idea! I’ve already contacted my senators and congressman to support the idea.
LikeReply4Jul 1, 2017 8:35am
Teresa Blakeslee · 

What is going to happen when a state like California decides to withhold their tax dollars to pay for sanctuary cities because Congress has overstepped it’s boundaries? Red states will flounder and die.

What happened to the Republican cry for states rights? Or is there only rights for states that toe the line?

I frankly think you should follow the constitution. Read it. Ask a law professor about it.

Bob White · 

The former Attorney General from Alabama is a lawyer. His opinion is valid and will suffice.
Maybe YOU should stick to staying at home. Just like the Mexicans.
LikeReply6Jul 1, 2017 10:05am
Tim Plunkett · 

What tax dollars will the state of California be withholding? Ignoring whether federal income tax is constitutional, it’s collected by employers and sent to the Feds. Never goes through the state. If you take the 10th amendment seriously, then you would have been against any federal aid since that aid violates the 20th amendment.
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 12:53pm
Teresa Blakeslee · 

Bob White It may say, next to my name, that I am a stay at home mom, but what it doesn’t say is that I had a 4.0 GPA in LAW classes that included Constitutional Law. Maybe you should stay in the lab and let the big dogs discuss the Law.
LikeReplyJul 1, 2017 1:19pm
Bob White · 

Absolutely brilliant idea. Progressives are going to have a hissy fit. I LOVE it!
LikeReply6Jul 1, 2017 10:02am
Jerry Bongiorno · 

Sounds good to me!
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 12:16pm
Frank Hunt · 

Works at Retired
Good idea take calis first
LikeReply1Jul 1, 2017 12:18pm
Kenneth W. Oberle · 

Vote these Sanctuary backers out of office. They are not real Americans!
LikeReply6Jul 1, 2017 1:08pm
Louise Starks · 

I think it’s a great idea
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 1:12pm
Roseann Iuvone · 

Excellent idea!!!! Let’s begin!!!!
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 1:13pm
Sharon McCann

Good plan….
LikeReply1Jul 1, 2017 1:15pm
Sharon McCann

No state or city should knowingly harbor criminals. That’s why they are called ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!
LikeReply9Jul 1, 2017 1:17pm
Chris Finley · 

I say you are strange and need to vanish from your office and never return. Then there is this, you do not support this you shall surrender your paycheck for life
LikeReply1Jul 1, 2017 1:30pm
Jack Duey

Take the money and buy the Boarder Patrol more guns.
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 1:33pm
Susan Duckworth

Very good idea!
LikeReply1Jul 1, 2017 1:42pm
Darrell Horton · 

Yes! And arrest officials of those cities and charge them with aiding and abetting criminals. Throw their butts in jail and this insanity will stop!
LikeReply3Jul 1, 2017 2:25pm
Jacquelyn Jackson · 

Darrell Horton I cannot agree more. Arrest them!
LikeReply1Jul 2, 2017 3:44am
Peter Kennedy Sr. · 

Works at Retired
Jail terms for mayors who break laws.
LikeReply3Jul 1, 2017 5:26pm
Michaelene Sponheimer

I like it, let sanctuary cities fund the wall. Since the foreign citizens they choose over American citizens has got to cost them something.
LikeReply2Jul 1, 2017 5:45pm
Kim Evans Price · 

Excellent Idea.
LikeReply1Jul 1, 2017 7:07pm
Judy Aubuchon · 

Susan Williams Gosper And we see where that got us….. In the big flipping mess this country is now in. If he was a Constitutional lawyer, it’s because someone else must have taken his final exams for him. And don’t forget, he was stripped of his law license, just like his wife. That should have been our first clue. Perhaps he and Michelle really “didn’t” understand law at all…
LikeReply4Jul 1, 2017 10:23pm
Susan Williams Gosper · 

Barry has to be one of the worst things to.happen to our country in a long time. He and Michelle don’t need their law licenses anyway.they are now royalty.if he was a constitutional lawyer,I think he missed a whole lot of classes.
LikeReply19 hrs
Robert Boik

WOW!!!! There are people in Washington DC with brains still intact. Best idea I have heard in months. Someone actually looking out for the American people for a change. Thank you sir.
LikeReply8Jul 2, 2017 1:00am
Gat Rinehart

They should send the funds to ICE so as they can do their jobs
LikeReply1Jul 2, 2017 1:03am
John Moore · 

Give sanctuaries back to the Church where they belong.
Anne Pearigen · 

Sounds like a plan, now put it into action.
Bonnie Weir · 

Good luck with that. Sounds great.
LikeReply23 hrs
Judy Burch · 

👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👵🏻
LikeReply22 hrs
Joseph W. Martin · 

This is a good idea. Actually, there are lots of places we could find “wall money.” It’s been suggested that we take $16 billion from “El Chapo” and spend it in the wall. I should think that the officials of cities that refuse to pay Federal Taxes would be subject to criminal liabilities…..
LikeReply20 hrs
Terry Sullivan

Same was said about the Cherokees and freed blacks.
LikeReply13 hrs
Richard Gamble · 

Where did the divine ‘O’ get the billions he gave Iran without Congressional approval? tap the same place.
LikeReply6 hrs
Jim Zorio · 

What a great idea.
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Judith Jefz · 

Fabulous idea, however it should be ALL of the Federal funding not merely some of it.
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David R Vranish · 

Great idea!
LikeReply59 mins
Tom LaMar

Yea ! Brown can drown with a frown…he “sanctuaried” the whole state of California ! Isn’t there something else even more punitive that can be done to him …like recall voting ?
LikeReply49 mins
Tony Curran

BOOM ,,, another Win for President Trump. The Pansies in California loose Again !! Perfect !!
LikeReply48 mins
Debbie Biersdorfer

Good idea
LikeReply39 mins
Pee Kellner

Somebody is making sense.
LikeReply31 mins

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