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GOP Rep introduces Act to ‘defund sanctuary cities’ citing hypocrisy of leadership

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Republican Representative August Pfluger of Texas is introducing the “No Funding for Sanctuary Cities Act.” Pfluger sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and wants to defund sanctuary cities.

Liberal mayors and governors are hypocritically demanding taxpayer money to help them with the effects of the migrant crisis, he says. The “No Funding for Sanctuary Cities Act” is being introduced by Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, and would amend federal law so that any jurisdiction that blocks federal immigration enforcement would be ineligible for a range of federal law enforcement grants and any other grant administered by the Department of Homeland Security or Department of Justice.

It would also require the DHS secretary to report to Congress how many states and localities are not complying with federal immigration enforcement. It says that any funds that are withdrawn from sanctuary jurisdictions can be diverted to those that are in compliance.

“It is the height of hypocrisy that liberal mayors and governors who intentionally flout federal law by declaring themselves ‘sanctuaries’ from immigration laws are now begging the federal government for money to manage President Biden’s border crisis,” Pfluger said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“This bill is simple: any state or locality that prevents the enforcement of immigration laws will not receive a cent from federal taxpayers,” he said.

Fox News reports there were over 302,000 migrant encounters in December after an FY 23 where there were more than 2.4 million. After declaring they were sanctuary cities, the mayors of those cities have called for more federal assistance, including $5 billion in aid to help them shelter and care for migrants — including a national decompression strategy to move some of them elsewhere.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams has warned that the crisis could “destroy” the city. Schools have shut down in order to house migrants, while both Chicago and Boston have resorted to sheltering migrants at airports.

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Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states

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For those who can’t comprehend the magnitude of what the Biden administration’s poor border policies have done, the nearly 7.3 million migrants who have illegally crossed the southwest border  on Biden’s watch is a greater amount than the population of 36 individual states.

A Fox News analysis looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shows the total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486. The CBP already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September.

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If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

That is larger than the population of 36 U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The analysis found that compared to the largest U.S. states, the 7.3 million number is about 18.7% of California’s population of 39 million; 23.9% of the state of Texas and its 31 million residents; 32.3% of the population of Florida; and 37.3% of New York. It’s more than half the size of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.

Were the number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. under President Biden gathered together to found a city, it would be the second-largest city in America after New York. And the total does not include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement, which would make it bigger than New York.

This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” said Eric Ruark, Director of Research for Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration restrictions.

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