New GOP-Proposed Legislation Authorizes $15 Billion to Secure Border & Combat "Sanctuary" Cities
Republicans announced new legislation on Thursday, launching one of the many steps needed to repair nationwide damage caused by leftist policy-makers.
The Building America's Trust Act was introduced by Senators John Barasso of Wyoming, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, John Cornyn, of Texas, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. It authorizes $15 billion in funding to strengthen U.S. border security and combat the plague of so-called "Sanctuary" Cities:
The measure, which has already garnered widespread support and the approval of the National Border Patrol Council, will fund critical infrastructure such as walls, levies and fencing along the southern border.
While $15 billion for border security seems steep, it quickly becomes a drop in the bucket when compared to the $113 billion it costs per year to manage the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. — $750 billion over their lifetimes.
So-called "Sanctuary" Cities like San Francisco, Chicago and New York currently serve as a safe haven for illegal aliens who not only entered the country illegally (a crime in of itself), but wish to commit additional crimes within our borders without fear of deportation.
In addition to securing America's borders, the new bill would hold accountable any cities that refused to cooperate with immigration officials under "Kate's Law," named in memory of Kathryn Steinle, who was killed in 2015. The young woman's murderer was an illegal immigrant who had been previously deported five times and was able to enter and remain in San Francisco due to sanctuary policies that prohibited local authorities from cooperating with ICE officials.
Since President Trump began his crusade against the waves of illegal aliens pouring in to prey on our resources and neighbors, the rate of attempted illegal entries has steadily declined. Still, there is much work to be done before the country can begin to move forward again.
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