One of the main reasons why the immigration crisis in the U.S. is worsening is because certain cities still insist on serving as sanctuary areas for undocumented individuals, providing an incentive for them to stay in the U.S. illegally. But, this could soon come to an end as Congress is now taking the necessary steps to remove sanctuary Cities.
The issue regarding sanctuary cities in the U.S. became a hot topic during President Donald Trump’s campaign. Due to his strict policies regarding immigration, many of his critics noted that they will maintain sanctuary cities to shelter undocumented individuals from mass deportations.
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles even established the L.A. Justice Fund to allocated millions of dollars to provide legal assistance for immigrants who might get deported, according to Breitbart.
Fortunately, the U.S. Congress is now preparing to enact their plans to remove sanctuary cities. Its strongest strategy involves removing funding for cities that go against federal immigration laws.
For instance, Republican Representative Lou Barletta recently introduced a bill that aims to take away law enforcement budgets for sanctuary cities.
Similarly, Representative Andy Harris drafted the Federal Immigration Law Compliance Act of 2016 to ensure that all cities follow the country’s laws. If they fail to do so by continuing to operate as a sanctuary city, then the government will be act by withholding their federal funding.
Without the proper budget, these sanctuary cities will soon stop operating as they will not be able to use their resources to help protect immigrants. Aside from ensuring that state funds are used properly, these bills could also help improve public safety since many of these sanctuary cities are unknowingly sheltering individuals with criminal records and intentions.
Hopefully, under President Trump’s administration, these bills get passed immediately so the country could begin fixing the current immigration crisis.