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Rep. Ken Buck co-sponsors bill to remove federal funds for law enforcement in sanctuary cities

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Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., became a co-sponsor for a bill targeting "sanctuary cities."

According to a news release from Buck's office, the No Enforcement, No Grant for Sanctuary Cities Act aims to withhold State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funds from cities preventing cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, through the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal payments to states and localities for correctional officer salary costs because of a four-day or more incarcerations of undocumented immigrants with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions.

In 2016, Weld County received about $131,000 through the program. In 2017, Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams called federal funds "a drop in the bucket" of his office's budget. Boulder County received about $156,000 that year, and Denver received about $491,000.

"Sanctuary cities not only violate the rule of law, they also create safe harbor for illegal immigrants engaged in heroin trafficking," Buck said in the release. "If we want to protect our children and grandchildren and stop this disastrous heroin epidemic, then we need to use every tool at our disposal to end sanctuary city policies."