Summary of S. 2146: The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” to target sanctuary cities—State and local jurisdictions with policies that obstruct immigration enforcement. Specifically, 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. The bill also increases penalties for certain previously removed illegal aliens who reenter the country unlawfully. The bill’s original cosponsors include Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Perdue (R-GA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and James Inhofe (R-OK).