Sens. Colbeck, Schuitmaker promote resolution urging cuts to sanctuary city funding

From The Peninsula
By: Chris Galford

Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) and Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have put forth resolutions that urge the U.S. Senate to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities.

The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee greenlit both concurrent resolutions 20 and 21, moving them into the demesne of the Senate for further consideration. They specifically urge the institution of Kate’s Law–a measure approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2017, which would increase penalties for those deported yet consequently seek re-entry. In the process, they also seek a stripping of funding to any city that proclaims itself a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.

“Many citizens, including myself, cannot understand why cities are getting away with knowingly violating federal law,” Schuitmaker said. “This is purely a matter of public safety. We cannot condone welcoming people who come here illegally and providing a safe haven for them.”

Colbeck expressed similar concerns, stressing a need to restore what he calls respect for the rule of law.

“When political considerations circumvent the rule of law, our citizens suffer — sometimes fatally, such was the case with Kate Steinle,” Colbeck said.

Steinle was a San Francisco resident who was killed by a repeat deportee. In the case of those opposed to sanctuary cities, her death has emerged as a case attributed to the city’s sanctuary status, which limits cooperation between city workers and federal officials enforcing federal immigration law.

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