Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, recently voted for the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which would withhold some Justice Department funding to state or local governments deemed uncooperative with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But he wants people to know he considers Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties to be following the law by declining ICE requests to hold inmates suspected of immigration violations unless the request is accompanied by a judicial court order or arrest warrant. Pompeo doesn’t view them as “sanctuary” communities – though they are labeled as such by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. In a statement to The Eagle, Pompeo said: “The problem is that through the executive orders and nonenforcement of laws already on the books, President Obama has created a sanctuary country. The great men and women serving in our local law enforcement departments, many of whom I know and work with on immigration matters, are completely hamstrung by the failed and contradictory policies of this administration.” – Rhonda Holman
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