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July 23, 2015
Press Release

“Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this misguided legislation, offered under the false pretense that it has something to do with the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco.

“Make no mistake: Ms. Steinle’s killer should not have been on the streets. We must get to the bottom of the official misjudgment and negligence and the bureaucratic breakdown that led to this tragedy.

“As the former Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I take a backseat to no one when it comes to deporting dangerous criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.

“But we need to be very clear: this tragedy has nothing to do with so-called sanctuary cities. The bill before us would punish some of our most vulnerable cities, high on the VASI list -- places like San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Chicago -- for exercising their lawful discretion in dealing with non-criminals or those with minor violations.

“They do this in order to protect the public and enforce the law, which requires trust and cooperation with immigrant communities. To scapegoat entire cities and make law enforcement less effective through this bill is inexcusable.

“I urge its defeat.”