Sending Office: Honorable Adam Smith
Sent By:
Connor.Stubbs@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Protect Grant Funding For State and Local Jurisdictions
 
Deadline TODAY at 12pm

Dear Colleague, 

Please join me in sending the following letter to Chairwoman Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann urging them to include language in the FY 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Administration from unnecessarily conditioning
grants and cooperative agreements based on state and local immigration policies and practices.   

The President’s FY 2020 budget proposal includes language that would authorize the Administration to condition certain grants and cooperative agreements on requirements that the recipient cooperate with Federal immigration and enforcement activities and
requests. This is just the latest attempt by the Administration to retaliate against state and local jurisdictions based on their local immigration practices and policies. 

The grants this Administration wants to restrict fund programs to combat human trafficking, enhance community-oriented policing, improve justice systems to reduce violent crimes, and build the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to make their communities
safer. Efforts to condition these grants based on state and local immigration practices only harm the safety and security of communities. It prioritizes this Administration’s immigration agenda over the needs of state and local jurisdictions to improve community
safety.

This letter closes today at 12pm. If you would like to sign the letter, please contact Connor Stubbs in Rep. Adam Smith’s office at connor.stubbs@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely, 

Adam Smith
Member of Congress
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Dear Chairwoman Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann: 

Thank you for your leadership on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. As the appropriations process moves forward, we urge you to include language that would prohibit the Administration from unnecessarily conditioning grants and
cooperative agreements based on state and local immigration policies and practices.   
 
The President’s FY 2020 budget proposal includes language that would authorize the Administration to condition certain grants and cooperative agreements on requirements that the recipient cooperate with Federal immigration and enforcement activities and requests.
This is just the latest attempt by the Administration to retaliate against state and local jurisdictions based on their local immigration practices and policies. 

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order aimed at restricting local jurisdictions from receiving federal funds if they do not comply with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 or refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement efforts to deport undocumented
immigrants. Numerous court decisions have been made blocking implementation of this Executive Order. Courts have ruled that 8 U.S.C. § 1373 does not require any action from local entities nor does it require local jurisdictions to ask about immigration status.
Furthermore, 8 U.S.C. § 1373 does not compel state and localities to comply with ICE detainers and it does not prohibit policies related to other information sharing with ICE such as criminal case information, contact information, custody status, or release
of individuals. 

These unlawful attempts by the Administration threaten the potential for cities and localities to receive funds from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security that are vital to serving and protecting our communities. The grants this Administration
wants to restrict fund programs to combat human trafficking, enhance community-oriented policing, improve justice systems to reduce violent crimes, and build the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to make their communities safer. Efforts to condition
these grants based on state and local immigration practices only harm the safety and security of communities. It prioritizes this Administration’s immigration agenda over the needs of state and local jurisdictions to improve community safety.

We respectfully request that you include language in the FY 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations bill prohibiting the Administration from conditioning grants and cooperative agreements based on state and local immigration policies and practices. 

Sincerely,

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