House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republican lawmakers are looking toput an end to sanctuary cities during a town hall hosted by CNNThursday.
When questioned by Mary Anne Mendoza — the mother of slainpolice officer Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, who was killed by an illegal immigrant who had acriminal history — on what Ryan planned to do to prevent similarinstances in the future, Ryan said he was in complete agreementwith President-elect Donald Trump’s call to deport violentcriminals.
Currently, sanctuary cities restrict law enforcementofficers from providing federal immigration officials withinformation on immigration status. But, that is going to changesoon, according to Ryan.
“Sanctuary cities are a violation of the rule of law and theyare not to be tolerated, we agree with that 100 percent,” he said.“And that means if you want federal assistance, you’re not going toget it — you have to enforce the law.”
Trump has stressed the importance of fixing thepolicy, calling on Congress to address the issue quickly after hetakes office, Ryan said
“What the president-elect has asked us to do is focus on twothings in Congress with respect to the issue immediately — andthat’s what we’re doing,” Ryan continued. “We’re getting Congressworking on that now, and that’s to secure the border and to enforceour laws with respect to violent criminals who are illegalaliens.”
GOP lawmakers are working on legislation to assure resources areallocated to assure the border is secure, Ryan said.
“We passed this law, I voted for this, 2006 I think, tenyears ago, to secure the border, and it never got done because ofthis past administration,” he said. “We now have a presidentserious about securing the border, he’s telling us it’s one of thetop six things he wants to get done in Congress, and we saidabsolutely.”
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