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McCollum Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities

January 31, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum today co-sponsored the Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 748), legislation that would help protect local governments like St. Paul and Ramsey County from President Donald Trump’s executive order tying federal funding to assistance with his anti-immigrant agenda.

“St. Paul and Ramsey County are safer because our law enforcement officials work cooperatively with our entire community, instead of targeting and profiling people based on their immigration status,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “I am proud of our local law enforcement’s work to keep our community safe and strong. Our policies in the Twin Cities should be a model for the nation, not a point of attack for the Trump administration.”

In 2004, St. Paul passed a “separation ordinance” that restricts city employees — including police — from asking about a person’s citizenship status before rendering services. In 2014, Ramsey County stopped detaining people based on suspected civil immigration violations without probable cause. These policies make it easier for law enforcement officers to prioritize keeping our community safe.

In an executive order signed on January 25, President Trump instructed federal officials to make “sanctuary jurisdictions” ineligible for most forms of federal grant funding. The Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and co-sponsored by 32 House Democrats, would ensure that federal funds are not withheld from jurisdictions that have chosen to prioritize public safety and foster a welcoming attitude for every member of their community.

“President Trump is shamefully targeting immigrants and the cities that welcome them to score political points. Instead of giving in to Trump’s agenda, communities like St. Paul will stay safe by ensuring that our law enforcement continues to work closely with our entire community,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “I am proud to co-sponsor this important bill to stop his efforts and protect the welcoming values that Minnesotans share.”