Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is cracking down on sanctuary cities with a bill that would take away some of the federal funding that allows cities like San Francisco to protect illegal immigrants.
Sanctuary laws are what made it possible for felon and repeat border-jumper Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez to shoot 32-year old Kathryn Steinle last July as she walked along Pier 14 with her father in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district.
Toomey rightly argued that his bill “stands for the simple proposition that the safety of the American people matters…that the life of Kate Steinle matters. That protecting our own homeland from violent criminals, including terrorists, that matters.”
Toomey’s bill, which bypassed the committee process to land a spot on the Senate calendar, will also help him in the fight against Katie McGinty – the Democrat who threatens to steal his Senate seat in November.
“The floor action comes as Toomey has repeatedly knocked Katie McGinty…on the issue. He’s in a tough re-election fight heading into November,” writes the Hill.
There are 10 Dems and 24 Republicans currently up for election this year. Of the Senators not up for election, 30 are Republicans, 35 are Democrats, and one is a left-leaning Independent.