Reps. Budd and Byrne Introduce Bill to Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3964, the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). The bill would allow the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that’s where the crime occurred. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Senate Companion, S. 2059, earlier this month. 

“I’ve been following sanctuary cities for some time now and the effects that they have on local communities. I’ve found that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) is reckless and has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives. It strikes me as common sense to introduce and pursue legislation that allows families and victims recourse against municipalities and policies that have caused them so much damage. Currently, they have none. I want to thank Rep. Bradly Bryne for introducing this bill with me in the House and Senator Thom Tillis for his leadership on this issue in the Senate,” said Budd.

“I’m sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It’s time we do something about it,” said Byrne. “Not only will our legislation provide justice for victims, but it will push communities to abandon their reckless sanctuary policies and help disincentivize illegal immigration. Whether it’s cracking down on sanctuary cities or providing additional resources to build the wall, now is the time for action to address the illegal immigration crisis.”

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