This week I, along with my colleagues Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05), and Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04), submitted an appropriations language request to halt funds from going to “sanctuary cities” that prevent law enforcement officials from faithfully executing our immigration laws.The immigration system in the United States has an enforcement problem. The lawlessness of the Obama Administration has trickled down to at least 340 local so-called ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions that openly defy federal law and release dangerous criminals.
It is an absolute disgrace that a year and a half has passed since Kate Steinle was tragically murdered by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions, had been deported from the United States five times and yet was being harbored in a “sanctuary city.”That is why I introduced “Kate’s Law” back in January in an effort to amend federal law to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for any illegal reentry offense. It is time Congress acts to protect Americans from 100% preventable crimes, and we can start by enforcing our federal immigration laws.
Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting with Bill Halleran, Marv Trimble, and Roger Bissenfor, members of the Iowa Firefighters Association. I appreciate you stopping by my office and sharing your concerns with me, and thank you for all you do every day to keep our communities safe.
I also announced, this week, information regarding the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Each year the Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage the artistic talent around the nation and specifically in each member’s congressional district. This competition is open to all high-school students and the winner’s art piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. If you would like to participate this year, please click here to learn more.
As Good Friday approaches, I hope you and your families enjoy this blessed time of year together. Happy Easter!
Member of Congress