Today was a tremendous victory for conservatives everywhere!
As the Chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the Department of Justice’s budget, I recently sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressing my concern regarding sanctuary city policies.
In that letter I asked specifically what she and the Justice Department were doing to prevent your hard-earned tax dollars from being sent to sanctuary cities that are in clear violation of federal law.
Earlier today, we received the answers Americans have long sought when the Attorney General testified in front of my committee.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed the following:
- In response to my letter, the Department of Justice has changed policy and the federal Bureau of Prisons will now deport illegal immigrants instead of handing them over to sanctuary cities.
- The Attorney General will also begin an immediate audit of sanctuary cities to determine if they are violating federal law, and those cities found to be not cooperating with federal immigration agents could lose federal funding.
- No Justice Department funds can be used in the transfer of terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
Today we move one step closer to ending sanctuary cities and to ensuring we continue to make progress on this important issue. The Attorney General has agreed to submit quarterly reports to myself and the House Appropriation’s Chairman Hal Rogers on the Justice Department's implementation of this policy change.
I hope to have the opportunity to continue to serve you in Congress and am extremely grateful for this very significant change in policy towards sanctuary cities.
You can read more about the hearing today here.