Moore asks Jones why he still supports DACA and opposes border wall

December 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Campaign asked Jones why, “In light of the tragic not-guilty verdict for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the illegal immigrant who murdered Kate Steinle, why do you oppose securing the border and support DACA and other amnesty measures that will attract more illegal immigrants?”

The Moore campaign accused Jones of being silent following the jury verdict freeing Zarate for the murder of young Kate Steinle.

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Marshall says that Alabama will not be a Sanctuary State on his watch

July 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 30, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) said in a letter to Alabama Republicans that, “For as long as I‘m Attorney General Alabama will not be a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.”

AG Marshall promises voters that, “We will crack down on illegal immigrants. I will work with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Law Enforcement officials as they revive the enforcement of immigration laws across the country, including in Alabama.”
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Pittman raises over $300,000 in Senate race

July 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 7, 2017, State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) reported that his campaign for US Senate has raised $302,545 in contributions for the second quarter of 2017, according to data provided to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Sen. Pittman said in a statement, “The people of Alabama need someone with integrity. I am running to shake up Washington, not to be part of the problem. Alabama needs to select their next Senator, not the Washington money crowd or a disgraced former Governor. I am 100 percent committed to this race, and have no interest in any other elected office. “While I’m the only candidate from south Alabama, I’m traveling the entire state, and our message of promoting free enterprise and personal responsibility is resonating. I pledge to work as hard these next five weeks as I have in the last five. At the end of the day, the only real endorsement that matters to me is that of the voters on August 15th.”
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Byrne, Roby, Brooks vote to strengthen Immigration laws

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, US Representatives: Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) voted in support of two bills that sponsors say are intended to strengthen our Nation’s immigration laws and fight back against illegal immigration. Both Kate’s Law, HR3004, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, HR3003, passed the House last week.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement, “I am committed to working with President Trump to secure the border and combat illegal immigration. By passing these two important bills, we are sending a clear message that the safety and security of the American people comes first.
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Trip Pittman addresses St. Clair County Republicans

June 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 15, 2017, US Senate Candidate Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) was in Pell City addressing the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee and friends.

State Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) introduced State Senator Pittman (R-Montrose). Sen. McClendon said, “We have worked together for 9 years. Trip is probably the most fiscally conservative legislator we have in Montgomery.”

Sen. Trip Pittman said, “It is great to be with you, people who care about our country and our state.” It is an honor to serve with Jim in the legislature.”
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Roby supports Sessions’ crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

April 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Monday, April 3, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced in an email that she supports Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to deny Department of Justice grants to sanctuary cities. Rep. Roby called the decision by Sessions a, “Good move.”

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “Sanctuary cities are municipalities that have implemented policies designed to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation. For instance, the city of San Francisco prohibits its police force from complying with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents by denying them access to interview incarcerated immigrants to determine legal status. ICE depends on cooperation from state and local authorities, and sanctuary city policies greatly hinder their ability to enforce our immigration laws.
 
Sanctuary cities are magnets for illegal immigrants, including some dangerous people with criminal records. There are more than 140 jurisdictions and six states actively obstructing enforcement of federal immigration laws with sanctuary policies. This practice puts Americans at risk, and I believe the federal government should do all it can to discourage it.”
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House bill would withhold funding from universities designated as ‘sanctuary campuses’

February 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House on Tuesday night passed a bill along party lines intended to crack down on public colleges and universities that attempt to defy State and Federal immigration law.

The “Americans First Act” passed 72–28 and would give the Attorney General the power to withhold public funding from “sanctuary campuses” if passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor. The bill adds to existing laws that allow the withholding of funding from cities, counties and other municipalities that declare themselves “sanctuary areas.”

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Monuments Bill part of House Republican Caucus’ “Alabama Proud” legislative agenda

February 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 02, 2017, the Alabama House Republican Caucus announced its official legislative agenda for the 2017 Regular Session, which convenes on February 7. The GOP Legislators have titled this their “Alabama Proud” legislative agenda.

Speaker of the Alabama House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) said on social media, “Today, the Alabama House Republican Caucus announced our 2017 ‘Alabama Proud’ Legislative Agenda.”

McCutcheon added, “We are proud to serve the people of our State and are equally proud to continue our efforts to uphold the rights, values, and beliefs that Alabamians hold dear. We have taken the time to listen to the people of Alabama and based on their feedback, I believe they will be proud to support the initiatives in this agenda.”
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2017 Legislative Session preview

February 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, the Alabama 2017 regular legislative session begins. Almost anything can happen when the Alabama legislature is in session and this session is no different. Here are a few of the issues facing our State Legislators.

1) Medicaid needs more money. Anybody who has been paying any attention at all the past five years knows that Alabama Medicaid has an unquenchable thirst for more and more State resources. Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar was in Montgomery recently reporting of yet another impending Medicaid crisis. The Bentley Administration is hoping that the Federal government will simply block grant the State their share of the Medicaid money with no pesky strings attached about who gets coverage, deductibles, etc. However, with US Senate Democrats filibustering and delaying even routine cabinet appointees, the idea that any meaningful entitlement reforms will pass out of Congress to even get to President Donald J. Trump’s desk seems unlikely. Unless US Senate Republicans can do this through the budget process it looks like the State may still have to offer the same minimum level of benefits, the RCO plan appears to be on the operating table in its death throes, and the State is likely to be facing yet another State General Fund crisis………but did anyone really expect any different from Alabama under the Bentley Administration. Read More

Bentley says Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities

February 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Birmingham City Council voted to make Birmingham a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) responded to the action saying that the State of Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities.

Governor Bentley said, “President Trump has already taken decisive and necessary action to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities or institutions that harbor or shelter illegal immigrants, and are in clear violation of the laws of the nation.” Read More

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