WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, sanctuary city legislation authored by Rep. Duncan Hunter passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 241-179.  The legislation withholds specific federal funding from sanctuary cities.\

Hunter’s statement follows:

“This legislation is about one thing—and that’s accountability.

“There are also changes to enforcement that must be imposed on sanctuary cities—and I truly hope we can achieve those changes, just as we are putting in motion today a mechanism that  holds sanctuary cities accountable.   

“I think we can all agree that any state or locality must comply with the law—and they are required to coordinate and cooperate with the federal government.  If an arrest is made, the federal government should be notified.  The fact that San Francisco, LA and other cities disagree with the politics of federal enforcement doesn’t mean they should receive a pass to subvert the law. 

“And if they do, there needs to be consequences—and the way we impose those consequences is by hitting them where it hurts.  In the pocketbook.

“It’s simple.   If you don’t comply with the law, as it stands now, then you don’t receive coveted federal money intended for enforcement.  And that money, allocated for Fiscal  Year 2015 alone, amounts to nearly $800 million in funding.  For localities, that’s a sizeable amount of money with very specific purposes. 

“It’s time we stand up to sanctuaries—and begin holding them accountable for their failure to uphold the law.  And I look forward to taking the other necessary steps to confront sanctuary policies and jurisdictions.”