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Lawmaker’s Measure Targets Funding for Sanctuary Cities

An Arizona lawmaker wants to deny federal funds to sanctuary cities by amending a spending bill keeping the government running through September.

The amendment proposed by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., would withhold two kinds of federal grants to cities and other jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law, The Hill reported.

“In other words, if you’re a sanctuary city, and you do not transfer information as required under Title VIII of the U.S. code, then you’re going to lose that grant funding,” Biggs told the news organization.

The House Rules Committee, however, rejected the Biggs amendment after convening late Wednesday night.

“Mine was a very commonsense amendment getting at part of the problem here, which is that we have local jurisdictions that are not subject to the law … so we need to make sure that they are not getting funding,” Biggs told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Thursday morning.

In a meeting that stretched into Thursday morning, the committee ruled his amendment out of order, he said, ending the matter for now.

“The American people won’t get a chance to see where their representatives stand on this issue, and that is really a crying shame,” Biggs said.

Title VIII requires that states and other jurisdictions “may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”


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