Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the announcement from the Department of Justice that state and local governments obtaining federal law enforcement grant funding must comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts:

“I applaud Attorney General Sessions for his commitment to combating dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly jeopardize innocent lives. We are all too familiar with how these reckless policies have devastated families across the United States and today’s action by the Department of Justice is a good first step. It’s simply commonsense to require state and local governments to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts if they are to receive federal law enforcement grants. We must also permanently strengthen the law to address this public safety problem by enacting the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Now that the House has passed this bill, it’s past time for the Senate to act.”

Additional Background: Last month, the House of Representatives approved the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), authored by Chairman Goodlatte, to strengthen public safety by combating dangerous sanctuary policies that permit criminals to go free. The legislation is now pending action by the Senate. More information on the bill can be found here.