BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in introducing the Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act, legislation to block certain federal funds to sanctuary states, including states that defy federal immigration enforcement or that allow illegal aliens to get driver licenses without proof of lawful presence.

“States that grant licenses to illegal immigrants are undermining immigration enforcement efforts and threatening public safety,” said Senator Cramer. “Our legislation imposes real consequences on the states that ignore federal immigration law but still take millions in federal funds. It’s a commonsense step to help make America safe.”

The Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act allows the Department of Justice to withhold Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAC) Program grant funds from states that offer driver licenses to illegal immigrants or forbid law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. The bill also makes these states ineligible for future JAC grants until they comply with federal immigration laws and requires offending states to return unobligated money within 30 days.

Senators Cramer and Blackburn are joined on this bill by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX) Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK). Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.