WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey offered an amendment to the Democrats’ budget proposal that target sanctuary city policies. His amendment allows the withholding of Community Development Block Grants and Economic Development Act funding from states and municipalities that prohibit local police from cooperating with federal officials to enforce federal law. Toomey cited sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia that “have radical policies that actually forbid the local police from cooperating with federal immigration officials, even when the local police would like to cooperate.” He called the policies dangerous, costing time and money, but most importantly, a tragic cost to human beings. Toomey mentioned Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant who opened fire on a San Francisco pier. The shooter was convicted of seven felonies and had been deported five times. Toomey claimed the shooter was there because San Francisco chose to release him rather than cooperate with federal authorities that wanted to take him off the streets.

SEN. PAT TOOMEY