Sunday, October 21, 2007
Senator David Vitter (R-La.) offered a critical amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3093). This amendment will cut off Federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funding to states and municipalities that have sanctuary policies in violation of federal law. COPS is a program started by the Clinton Administration that grants federal dollars to local governments to assist them in hiring more police officers.
8 U.S.C. 1373 (a) In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.