Senator Perdue to DHS: “Sanctuary Jurisdictions” Endanger Public Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), along with several other Senate Judiciary Committee members, is pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for information about its program aimed at exempting illegal immigrants from our nation’s laws, posing direct threats to public safety.  

“Your Department has refused to confront so-called ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions, endangering the public safety and leading to tragedies such as the recent killings of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, California, and Angelica Martinez in Laredo, Texas,” said the Senators in a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. “Yet, rather than enhance the successful Secure Communities program, confront sanctuary jurisdictions, defend federal law enforcement’s legitimate use of detainers, request additional resources, or ask Congress for a legislative solution, your Department has unilaterally designed a program that will endanger the American people.”  

In the letter, Senator Perdue asks Secretary Johnson 13 questions about the Priority Enforcement Program and requests a response by July 21, 2015. View the questions and text of the letter here. 

Since day one, Senator Perdue has been adamant about securing our nation’s borders and challenging President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. He has voted numerous times to defund executive amnesty, signed an amicus brief challenging President Obama’s executive amnesty, and demanded an explanation from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about their plans to process applications for deferred deportation in an electronic system designed to process applications for legal immigrants.