In the Senate on Tuesday, the Democrats blocked the ‘Stop Sanctuary Cities Act’. The vote in the Senate was 54 – 45 for the proposed act. It needed 60 votes to pass.
According to Fox News, the vote was strictly along party lines. In another example that showed that Congress is broken, All of the Republicans in attendance voted “Yea” to pass the act. All of the Democrats in attendance voted “Nay”.
The act was proposed after the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a criminal who was allowed to stay in the country illegally. The very nature of sanctuary cities is illegal and goes against federal laws that are already in place.
The ‘Stop Sanctuary Cities Act’ proposed to stop federal funds flowing into the cities that openly break federal law by allowing criminal illegal aliens to remain in the country illegally.
In a statement, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), defended the bill that he sponsored. “Sanctuary cities and the associated violet crimes by illegal immigrants are reaching a critical point, and we cannot wait any longer to take action to protect Americans here at home.”
Before the Senate voted on the act, the Obama administration had vowed to veto the legislation if it had garnered enough votes to pass.
Prior to the vote, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, stood on the Senate floor and let the American people know what he and the Democrats thought about keeping American citizens safe and upholding federal law. “This vile legislation might as well be called ‘The Donald Trump Act.’ Like the disgusting and outrageous language championed by Donald Trump, this legislation paints all immigrants as criminals and rapists,” Reid said.
Clearly, Reid missed the point. Trump, nor the proposed legislation painted all immigrants as criminals and rapists. There are millions of upstanding immigrants in this country. This country was founded by immigrants. However, what Reid seems to not understand is that those immigrants came to this country legally and obtained citizenship through due process.
The proposed legislation only deals with a small portion of illegal immigrants. The legislation only addresses the illegal immigrants who have committed criminal acts in the United States and the local governments that refuse to follow federal law and obstruct their deportation.
Why the Democrats are not only risking the safety of American citizens, but also flaunting federal law is incomprehensible. It makes no sense.
If we as Americans want real change, we need to start at the polls. We need to let the elected officials in Washington know that we love this country and want to see it protected. If they are not willing to keep citizens of this country safe and uphold the law, they can quickly be replaced.