The Senate will vote next week on legislation that would block congressional funding to cities and municipalities that don’t comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government.
Since the killing in San Francisco last July of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle and the arrest in her death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico with multiple deportations, Republicans in Congress have sought to punish local jurisdictions that have “sanctuary” policies limiting their cooperation with requests from federal immigration officials.
Police charged Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez with Steinle’s murder. The San Francisco sheriff at the time of Steinle’s death, Ross Mirkarimi, carried out a policy that barred communication with immigration authorities in virtually all circumstances.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is the sponsor of the sanctuary city bill coming before the Senate for a procedural vote as early as next Wednesday. He describes the bill as intended to address what he views as a public safety issue.