Senator David Perdue Fights to End Sanctuary Jurisdictions, Proudly Cosponsors Kate’s Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today highlighted the negative impacts of President Obama’s lawless immigration system and sanctuary policies on families across our country, including the Inman family from Georgia. 

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“In 2000, in my home state, we had a 16-year-old kid, Dustin Inman, killed by an illegal immigrant,” said Senator Perdue. “Today, 15 years later, the perpetrator of that crime is still at large. This is unconscionable when you hear the stories of these families, but we could bring thousands in here. It is time for us to do something.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña testified against requiring sanctuary jurisdictions to transfer detainees to federal custody for deportation because they feared it would jeopardize their relationship with local law enforcement. 

“I’m not worried about relationships, I’m worried about results. And right now, we’ve got cities not adhering to federal law,” Senator Perdue responded. “I think that’s a tremendous problem.”


Senator Perdue continues to fight back against President Obama’s lawless immigration actions and voted to defund executive amnesty five times on the Senate floor. Additionally, Senator Perdue co-sponsored several bills to stop sanctuary jurisdictions and further protect families:

     •    Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act, referred to as “Kate’s Law,” to establish a 5-year mandatory minimum for reentry offenses.

     •    Keep Our Communities Safe Act to strengthen the requirements for the detention and removal of illegal aliens. 

     •    Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act to withhold federal funding for any jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal law.

Recently, Senator Perdue also sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson with specific questions regarding the legality of sanctuary cities, and has not received an official response.