Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) said the Senate Democrats' blocking of his "sanctuary cities" bill is "just outrageous." 


In the weekly Republican address, Toomey vowed to keep fighting for the passage of the bill that would limit federal grant funding for cities that don't comply with federal immigration law.

“Well, this week the Senate tried to take action on my legislation and indeed it was supported by a bipartisan majority, but unfortunately, a minority of the U.S. Senate — led by Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Democrats have a Puerto Rican problem Dem Susie Lee defeats Danny Tarkanian to retain Nevada House seat MORE — blocked us from even debating the bill," Toomey said. “It’s just outrageous and this must not stand. The safety of the American people is too allow sanctuary cities to remain, and this is why I will continue fighting to protect our communities."

Senators voted 53-44 on the bill Wednesday. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the procedural hurdle and formally start debate on the measure.

Toomey argues that sanctuary cities refuse to comply with federal immigration law and law enforcement officials, "even when trying to detain criminals." 

“These leaders understand this issue is not about immigration. It is about public safety. The vast majority of immigrants in America would never commit any such crime — but any very large group of people is going to include some terrible people within it. And with about 11 million illegal immigrants in our country, there will be some who are violent criminals." 

Reid argued that Toomey's bill would demonize and criminalize immigrant Latino families.