Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook Founds the Stop Sanctuary Laws Caucus

Oct 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) announced this week the creation of the Stop Sanctuary Laws Caucus with fellow Representatives Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Mo Brooks (AL-05).

Rep. Cook said, “We’re witnessing a disturbing growth of so-called ‘sanctuary’ policies within districts and states where states and local governments attempt to limit their cooperation with the federal government in enforcing immigration law. These sanctuary policies are ill-conceived and are unconstitutional. They allow dangerous criminals to prey on the innocent, endangering the lives of legal residents and the very immigrant communities they purport to protect. We started this caucus to ensure there is a clear voice in Congress to counter these dangerous policies.”   

The foundation of the Stop Sanctuary Laws Caucus is built on the following beliefs:

  •  Immigration is a federal issue not subject to the ideological whims of states or local governments.
  •  Every violent crime against legal residents by illegal immigrants represents a preventable failure of government. We can and should do better.
  •  Congress must protect our communities by preventing municipalities from engaging in sanctuary policies, and it must pass stronger policies to crack down on criminals  wanted by ICE/CPB.

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.