Amongst the many battles that Conservatives have faced in Congress in the past few months, the battle against the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has taken front stage as the legislation enacted by President Bush in 2002 is up for revision. While efforts to stop the inefficient and outdated solution to the education problem (it never really worked anyway), Democrats and some pro- No Child Left Behind GOP members have actively blocked voting on legislation that would cut money going to cities that are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. A sanctuary city is one that declares Federal Immigration laws null and void within its limits. Republican leaders like Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Cornyn (R-TX) have both actively blocked voting on the very legislation that would essentially be making cities comply with the law.
The amendment (no. 2146), introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), would cut all funding of government law enforcement grants to these so called sanctuary cities. Supported by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the legislation would properly address a growing issue regarding national security and the well being of the United States. If the recent issue of illegal immigrants being involved in criminal activity doesn’t speak for itself, a recent study conducted by the Center For Immigration Studies shows that many of the illegal immigrants that are let go will soon fall to criminal activity. In 2014, sanctuary cities were responsible for the release of about 8,000 illegal immigrants, and out of those 8,000, about 2,000 were arrested for an array of crimes within an eight-month period of their initial release.
With all of this information on the table, Republican leaders continue to push their leftist agendas and block voting on this important issue. While both No Child Left Behind and the Export-Import Bank will hurt American education, businesses, and jobs respectively, a crack down on these sanctuary cities will promote a safe and lawful nation, one in which repeatedly breaking the law and sheltering those individuals who do so is simply unacceptable.
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