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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Statement Condemning President Trump’s Executive Action That Could Strip Law Enforcement Funding from NJ-8

Jan 25, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s Sanctuary Cities program, which could threaten to strip law enforcement funding from hundreds of cities across America:

“Stripping funding from hundreds of cities across America will deprive resources from some of America’s biggest cities, the same places President Trump claimed to want to make safer. His actions will take away precious resources from law enforcement offices that work hard to keep our communities safe. In New Jersey’s 8th district alone, these policies could strip funding from Jersey City, Newark, West New York, and Union City.

So called ‘sanctuary cities’ exist so people living in these communities can come out of the shadows to report crimes in their neighborhoods and cooperate with law enforcement officials. Removing funding from these cities only makes it harder for cops to do their jobs, putting more people at risk. Additionally, nominees for the President’s Cabinet have openly called for slashing critical federal funding for law enforcement; these critical programs such as the COPS program allow our cities to hire and retain police officers.

Our law enforcement mechanisms should target violent offenders and criminals, not prioritize going from house to house to round up innocent men, women, and children. In the past, immigration raids have separated young children from their parents and torn families apart. The Administration should be working together with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and fix our broken immigration system instead of taking finite resources away from fighting crime and putting it towards rounding up innocent families.”