Freshman Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced legislation this week aimed at ending sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused officials in Prince Georges County in Maryland for releasing two illegal aliens suspected of murder after ICE had issued a detainer request.
Rep. Gooden's bill would strengthen the authority of ICE detainers. In addition, it would tighten up the definition of a sanctuary city, restrict funding for jurisdictions that meet the definition of a sanctuary city, offer immunity to local officers who carry out an ICE detainer request, and increase penalties for illegal reentry into the United States.
Earlier today Fox News Talk's Guy Benson sat down with Rep. Gooden to discuss his focused attempt at addressing the issue of sanctuary cities.