FAIR Urges Passage of Senate Anti-Sanctuary Bill Calls Bill “Justice for Kate Steinle’s Family”
PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 24, 2016
“ This bill will provide some modicum of justice for the family of Kate Steinle, a woman who would still be with us today if San Francisco had followed federal immigration law in the first place. ”
—dan stein, president of fair
(Washington, D.C.) The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) urges passage of a Senate bill that would cutoff certain federal grants to jurisdictions that harbor aliens in the United States illegally. Today’s debate comes near the one-year anniversary of the murder of Kate Steinle, the California woman who was killed last year in cold blood by an illegal alien with seven convictions and five deportations under his belt.“The U.S. Senate cannot in good conscience look the other way while certain state and local municipalities decide to blatantly defy or obstruct federal law, putting their residents, and the nation, at greater risk from criminal aliens and potential terrorists,” said FAIR President Dan Stein. “This bill will provide some modicum of justice for the family of Kate Steinle, a woman who would still be with us today if San Francisco had followed federal immigration law in the first place,” he added. The “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act,” (S. 3100), introduced by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is scheduled for consideration this afternoon, and will need to garner 60 votes to move to the floor of the Senate for full debate. A companion bill was also introduced in the House this morning by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN). The bill denies certain federal funds to jurisdictions that refuse to share information about criminal aliens with the federal government or refuse to recognize ICE detainer requests. There are more than 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. that defy federal law by harboring illegal aliens. “There are tens of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents who have been victimized by criminal illegal aliens, who are often released onto the streets after committing serious crimes,” said Stein. “Passage of this bill allows the U.S. Senate to finally say, ‘enough is enough,’ and prevents future victims by empowering federal immigration enforcement efforts.”
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 500,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.