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by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret.), Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress, ©2015

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter began serving in Congress in 1981. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and advocates a strong defense of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2005, Hunter sponsored the Secure Fence Act, which passed but was never fully funded by Congress.

(Jul. 13, 2015) — In previous Congresses, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, Maj-USMCR (R-CA-52), an endorsed Combat Veteran For Congress, repeatedly tried without success to get the Republican leadership in the House to support his legislation penalizing safe harbor sanctuary cities, counties, and states for violating federal immigration laws.  The below-listed Breitbart News article explains Rep. Hunter’s proposed legislation and provides information on the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, a convicted criminal illegal alien who had seven previous felony convictions and had been deported from the United States five times.

The Obama administration, inept members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and the left-of-center liberal media establishment have been covering up the thousands of crimes committed by convicted criminal illegal aliens against American citizens in 300+ safe-harbor sanctuary cities, counties, and states.  Sanctuary policies are providing protection for Mexican drug cartels smuggling narcotics, violent criminal gangs south of the the wide-open Mexican border such as MS-13, human smugglers, and convicted criminal illegal aliens whose presence in the USA has been harmful and dangerous to American citizens.   Those foreign criminal illegal aliens migrate to and operate in safe-harbor sanctuary cities, counties, and states; they are, for the most part, immune from deportation by ICE and from arrest from local and state law enforcement officers.  Local, county, state, and federal politicians who protect criminal illegal aliens who have been injuring and killing American citizens every day throughout the nation, only view the victims of vicious crimes as “collateral damage” that is acceptable to them because it would be politically incorrect to condemn them publicly.

Congressman Hunter said in an interview that he will re-draft and reintroduce his bill penalizing sanctuary cities, counties, and states on Tuesday or Wednesday; the bill will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act.  It would also restrict funding to the estimated 300+ sanctuary cities, counties, and states that have laws, policies, or procedure in place which violate federal immigration laws and are preventing state and local law enforcement officers from gathering information regarding the citizenship and immigration status of lawful or unlawful criminals and illegal immigrants.

Rep. Hunter’s legislation would make such cities, counties, and states ineligible to receive funding from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).  The SCAAP reimburses cities, counties, and states for their cost of holding illegal aliens and convicted criminal illegal aliens. Once the bill being redrafted by Rep. Hunter is finalized, it may also terminate other federal funding programs for cities, counties, and states that violate Federal Immigration Laws.

The Center for Immigration Studies published the below-listed map revealing the counties, cities, and states where officials are defying U.S. Federal Immigration Laws.

(Click here for map)

The map reveals sanctuary cities, counties, and states which ignore federal immigration laws and actively prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from deporting illegal aliens without ICE’s need to seek criminal warrants or convictions from federal, state, or local courts. Although federal law requires the Department of Justice to cooperate with ICE when federal immigration laws are violated, for the past 6½ years, the Department of Justice has never sued or taken any measures, including denying federal funds to any city, county, or state when they violate federal immigration laws.  On the contrary, the Obama administration has made it very difficult on cities, counties, and states who choose to obey the law and support ICE Agents in detaining and deporting Illegal Immigrants from the United States.

Different jurisdictions use different means to protect illegal aliens from lawful detention and deportation in violation of federal immigration law.  North Dakota is perhaps the most extreme; its policies forbid the state from honoring any ICE detainer, meaning that should local officers detain a suspected criminal illegal immigrant murderer or rapist, the local officers will not cooperate with immigration or ICE officials, making deportation well-nigh impossible (Authors Bryan Griffith & Marguerite Telford).

Rep. Hunter said in a statement to Breitbart News, “States and cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws, directly undermine enforcement efforts — and as recent events have shown —they present a real danger to citizens.  If a state or one of its cities wants to call itself a sanctuary and deliberately ignores the law, then Congress shouldn’t hesitate to withhold federal funding until there is compliance,” Rep.ISIS, Mexico, Islamic terrorists, federal immigration law, ICE Hunter continued. “One program that most certainly should cease reimbursement is SCAAP, which is intended to mitigate the costs of incarceration, and extend to salaries and overtime.   We should also look to other programs too, but there should be wide support for a response, such as this proposal, that exercises a Constitutional prerogative of Congress in order to uphold the law.”

Since he was first elected to Congress, Hunter’s policies have mirrored those of President Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” policies on national defense. He has tried to get the administration to follow a “Don’t Tread On Me” foreign policy and repeatedly voted to rein in the out-of-control federal spending by Congress.   Rep. Hunter stated, “I will continue to work hard for the values we share—-a strong national defense, a secure border, and limited government.  While there will be lively debate in Congress over the direction we take on a variety of issues—if we stay true to our values, then together, we can build a bright future for our children and grandchildren.”

The true dangers inherent in the continued violation of federal immigrations laws by Obama and Congress by members of both parties who refuse to close the southern border can’t be over-emphasized.  For more than six years, not only have Obama and the leaders in Congress failed to protect American citizens from murder and violent crimes by convicted criminal illegal aliens, but they are also responsible for allowing radical Islamic ISIS terrorists to enter the United States. Obama’s fast track to US citizenship for UN Islamic refugees is so dysfunctional that over 200 of those new Islamic refugees American citizens have joined ISIS and are now killing Christians in Iraq.

The FBI has warned us that ISIS is planning to kill thousands of Americans in multiple coordinated terrorist attacks.  No other country in the world, including Mexico, has provided the freedoms which safe-haven sanctuary cities, counties and states provide to illegal aliens in the US.  No other country in the world would protect illegal criminal aliens from federal and local law enforcement officers while they continue to commit crimes in their country, including murder.

We encourage you to share the above information with Americans citizens who are opposed to the over 300 sanctuary cities, counties, and states which violate federal immigration laws, and by doing so, also violate the U.S. Constitution.  We also encourage you to contact your congressmen and senators and ask them to support Rep. Hunter’s bill.  Every member of Congress who supports safe-haven sanctuary policies and opposes Hunter’s legislation should be voted out of office in the 2016 election.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt              USN(Ret)

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

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  1. The feds seem to think they can prosecute Joe Arpaio because he didn’t act like he would in one of their sanctuary cities.