Barletta says "sanctuary cities" bill doesn't go far enough

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 24, 2015 3:27 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Susan Walsh


(Washington, D.C.) -- Despite a veto threat from President Obama, nearly all of the midstate's congressional delegation voted for a House bill cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities.

The bill strips some federal funding from cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

However, Republican Lou Barletta says it doesn't go far enough.

He represents all of Columbia County and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties.

Barletta's proposing halting all federal dollars to any sanctuary city.

"Funding would be restricted until they no longer are considered a sanctuary, which would be certified by the attorney general," says Barletta.

Barletta introduced similar legislation four years ago and it failed to gain approval.

"They can not pick and choose what laws they like and openly defy to enforce a law that they don't like, creating safe havens," he adds.

He says he decided to try again following the July 1st murder of a woman in San Francisco, allegedly by a man who was in the U.S. illegally.

More than 200 communities nationwide -- including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia -- have been identified as safe havens for people living in or entering the U.S. illegally. 

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