WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 06, 2016) - U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's Immigration Cloture votes today:
"The nation's mayors commend the United States Senate for today refusing to proceed to a vote on two bills that would have further broken, not repaired, the nation's immigration system.
"S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, sponsored by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, would have denied Community Development Block Grant and Economic Development Administration funding to jurisdictions meeting the bill's broad definition of a sanctuary city. Shifting the federal responsibility of enforcing civil immigration law to local governments diverts critical resources from their law enforcement agencies, compromises public safety, and hinders local police department efforts to work with immigrant communities in preventing and solving crimes. S. 3100 could have affected as many as 300 jurisdictions across the nation, reducing their efforts to grow the local economy and improve the quality of lives for low- and moderate-income citizens.
"S. 2193, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act, sponsored by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, would have amended federal law to impose new mandatory minimum sentences for illegal reentry offenses. This bill would have flown in the face of criminal justice reform efforts by increasing the number of federal offenses -- particularly those involving nonviolent crimes -- with mandatory minimum penalties and increasing, not decreasing, federal incarceration costs.
"The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the Senate instead to focus on fixing our broken immigration system, as it did in bipartisan fashion in the last Congress, rather than passing punitive legislation that penalizes cities trying to build trust with the communities they are charged with protecting and assuring the safety of all of their residents."
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