Yesterday, Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12) spoke during a special order on the House floor in support of the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act. Congressman Allen’s remarks can be found below.
Thank you, Congressman Ted Budd for calling this special order and for introducing the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act.
One of my top priorities is to secure our border and restore the rule of law in our immigration system.
We are one of the most blessed nations on the face of the Earth, and we have one of the best legal immigration systems – and the most generous legal immigration system out there.
We allow more than a million people to come through the system legally each year.
On top of that, we have almost a million students here on student visas, studying in our colleges and universities.
We are a nation of laws, and just as every American citizen is held accountable under the law for the crimes they commit, so should every alien who crosses our borders illegally.
That is why I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act.
This bill holds illegal aliens in sanctuary cities accountable for the heinous crimes they commit on American soil.
Specifically, this bill allows victims to sue the sanctuary city where the crime took place.
It is alarming that we shield illegal aliens from the consequences of violating federal law, yet an American citizen who commits a crime is held accountable under the law.
This must end, and we must give the victims of these horrific crimes the justice they deserve.
To further end the harmful practices of sanctuary cities, I am also a proud cosponsor of the Ending Sanctuary Cities Act.
This bill prohibits federal grant funding to any city or county that violates federal immigration law.
I am proud to support two critical bills that take steps toward preventing future violent and unprovoked crimes by illegal immigrants.
I also want to thank President Trump for his leadership in fighting against the cruelty of sanctuary cities by stating his support for the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act during his State of the Union address.
This should not be a partisan issue, as no one is above the law.
I stand with my colleagues and President Trump that we must fix our broken immigration system, continue building the wall and strengthen our immigration laws for the safety and security of the American people.
I will continue fighting against sanctuary cities and their abuse of our great nation.