Grassley talks with citizens of Storm Lake.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley fielded questions from area residents from 7:30 until about 8:30 Monday morning at the King's Pointe conference center. Immigration and the Iran Nuclear Agreement dominated the discussion.
First, Grassley said "Thank you all for coming out. In a representative government, communication is essential, and I always try to encourage it."
When asked about sanctuary cities- cities or areas that do not prosecute illegal immigrants- Grassley said such areas are unlawful and all immigration laws should be upheld throughout the country. He has introduced legislation that would identify sanctuary cities and withhold federal funding from these cities. Also, to prevent the ACLU from suing law enforcement agencies in sanctuary cities by establishing their legal right to assist federal authorities in upholding immigration laws. The legislation would also make a mandatory 5 year prison sentence for illegal immigrants who re-enter the U.S. after being convicted of a violent crime, or two previous illegal entries. This last measure is called Kate's law after Kate Steinle, who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant in July.
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