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Carter Votes to Crack Down on Sanctuary Policies

A leader in the fight to ensure dangerous illegal aliens are not re-released into our communities, Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) applauded House passage today of two critical bills to crack down on sanctuary policies. 

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act provides important tools to protect American citizens from rogue sanctuary cities, including clarifying detainer authority. Carter has worked diligently with the Judiciary Committee to incorporate his reforms to eliminate the bias towards substance abuse offenses to ensure DHS is responding to all local inquiries about suspected illegal aliens in local custody.

With these reforms, this legislation ensures local officials who want to enforce our nation's immigration laws are able to and will get a response from ICE while also ensuring sanctuary cities cooperate with federal enforcement of immigration laws. Additionally, the legislation withholds federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE. 

"A violent criminal in our country illegally should not be released back into society," said Carter. "I have fought to ensure this doesn't happen for the safety of communities at home in Georgia and across the country. We've already seen tragedy strike too many families at the hands of criminal illegal aliens who should have never been released in the first place and it cannot be allowed to continue. If cities don't want to join this fight and stand in the way of this important safety mission, they absolutely should not be rewarded with the support of federal grants."

Additionally, the House passed Kate's Law today with Carter's support. This legislation enhances penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. 

"It is not acceptable to sit idly by while criminals who have been deported five times or more come back to our country and assault or murder our citizens," said Carter. "I am pleased both pieces of legislation were passed today because we need to continue to crack down on sanctuary cities who harbor these criminals and ensure penalties are in place to keep deported criminals out."