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Senate Rejects Penalizing Sanctuary Cities

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

While the Senate rejects the bill 54-45, Democratic Senators trying to be reelected in 2018 voted in favor of it.

News that the Senate rejects withholding Federal funds to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of immigration law is quite frustrating. For one thing, we shouldn’t be sending Federal funds to any city for any reason. Cities should pay for their own stuff, just like everyone else should!

Nevertheless, we have to do something about sanctuary cities, and many voters are fed up. We know this because of why some Democrats voted with Republicans.

The Washington Times reports, “Senate dismisses sanctuary-crackdown bill.

The bill failed in a 54-45 vote, falling six votes short of the 60 needed to survive and becoming the second casualty in the chamber’s battle over immigration.

However, the measure drew bipartisan votes with four Democrats crossing the aisle to join 50 Republicans in support of withholding some federal grant money from states that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officers when they have illegal immigrants in custody.

The Hill explains what motivated those four Democrats:

Senate Democrats blocked a proposal on Thursday that would crack down on cities that don’t comply with federal immigration law.

Senators voted 54-45 on the amendment from GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that would limit the flow of federal grants to the jurisdictions, commonly referred to as sanctuary cities.

Sixty votes were needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.

Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) — who are each up for reelection in states won by Trump — supported the measure.

Read the full Washington Times story and the full post at The Hill.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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