Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon is joining Rep. Duncan Hunter in his effort to end funding to sanctuary cities with an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Cities that prevent “state or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual” would be ineligible for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding.
Concerns in sanctuary cities have risen after the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco by a man who had been deported several times. The shooter, Francisco Sanchez, said he chose to locate in San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city.
“States and cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws directly undermine enforcement efforts and — as recent events have shown — present a real danger to citizens,” Hunter said in a statement to Breitbart News.
Salmon earlier introduced “Grant’s Law” that would bar federal authorities from releasing undocumented immigrants who have been accused or convicted of serious crimes. Those immigrants would be deported within 90 days.
Grant Ronnebeck, age 21, was murdered in January, while working at a Phoenix are convenience store. Illegal immigrant, Apolinar Altamirano, a convicted felon, shot and killed Grant over a pack of cigarettes.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery allowed Altamirano to plead guilty to a burglary after he had been arrested for a home invasion in which a woman said she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
The Maricopa County Attorney ignored the fact that Altamirano had two orders of protection filed against him.
In response to Hunter’s proposed amendment, residents in Arizona’s sanctuary cities have been organizing to demand that their communities end their sanctuary status. In communities like Tucson, a loss of federal funding would put the needs of legal residents at risk, on top of the threat they feel from an increase in news reports of violence by those in the country illegally.
Just this week, an illegal immigrant felon was involved in a hit and run accident which injured a mom and her two young children in Pinal County. Pinal is situated between Pima County, in which Tucson is located, and Maricopa County in which Phoenix is located.