In advance of a procedural vote on legislation targeting jurisdictions that do not cooperate with immigration officials — sanctuary cities — Senate Judiciary Committee staffers are highlighting the support the legislation is receiving from the families of criminal alien crime victims.

The “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act,” if passed, would restrict would restrict federal funds and grants to sanctuary cities, redirecting the funding to localities that comply with immigration authorities.

The bill would also affirm local law enforcement’s right to comply with immigration officials and establish a mandatory minimum sentence for illegal immigrants convicted of re-entering the U.S. after being convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally re-entering the U.S. twice.

Committee staff Tuesday morning highlight that 170,000 convicted criminal aliens with final orders of deportation remain on American streets and the more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions are providing a refuge for them by refusing to work with federal immigration officials.

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