Matt Cartwright's Long History and Voting Record of Supporting Sanctuary Cities

In 2015 to 2016, Matt Cartwright voted against legislation that would hold sanctuary cities accountable for breaking the law. 

And in 2014, he voted to allow federal law enforcement funding to go to Sanctuary Cities.1

Following the 2016 election cycle, Cartwright must have seen his position was going to be an anchor around his neck. 

Shortly after John Chrin enters the race in May 2017, Cartwright flipped on his previous 3 votes supporting sanctuary cities when he voted for Kate's Law (June 29, 2017)


  1. H.R. 2578, King of Iowa Amendment, 6/3/15
  2. H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, 7/23/15
  3. H.R. 5485, Gosar of Arizona Amendment, 7/7/16

Matt Cartwright's Bad Record on Immigration continued...

1Voted to allow federal law enforcement funding to go to “sanctuary cities.” (May 30, 2014, King Amendment to H.R. 4460, Roll Call 266, May 30, 2014)

Voted for a “path to citizenship.” (October 4, 2017, CBC (Scott) Amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.Con.Res. 71, Roll Call 554)

Voted against speeding the deportation of criminal gang members, particularly members of MS-13 – one of the largest and most violent criminal organization in the U.S. Voted against barring gang members of violent criminal organization from exploiting benefits reserved for immigrants seeking asylum. (September 14, 2017, H.R. 3697, Roll Call 517)

Voted against funding for a barrier wall along the U.S. southern border, including additional border patrol funding, new border technology, aircraft and sensors, and inspection equipment. Voted against programs to combat human trafficking, child exploitation, cybercrime, and drug smuggling (September 14, 2017, H.R. 3354, Roll Call 528)

Voted to block the funding for the construction of a security wall along the southern border to prevent undocumented immigrants from unlawfully crossing into the country. (July 27, 2017, H.R. 3219, Roll Call 435)

Voted against a bill that would prevent illegal immigrants from fraudulently receiving Obamacare tax subsidies (June 13, 2017, H.R. 2581, Roll Call 306)

Voted against strengthening our border security. Voted against providing additional funding to humanely address the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border (H.R. 240, Roll Call 35)

Voted to allow President Obama to continue his controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program. (January 14, 2015, Blackburn Amendment to H.R. 240, Roll Call 30)

Voted to support policies that make it advantageous to hire illegal immigrants over U.S. workers. Voted to support policies that provide ObamaCare exemptions to illegal immigrants, encouraging employers to hire them over legal U.S. workers. (January 14, 2015, Salmon Amendment to H.R. 240, Roll Call 32)

Voted in support of President Obama’s executive amnesty policies. Voted against preventing President Obama’s dangerous, unilateral action on immigration. (January 14, 2015, Aderholt Amendment to H.R. 240, Roll Call 29)

Voted to stand idly by/defend President Obama’s executive overreach to unilaterally grant amnesty for certain groups of illegal immigrants, disregarding the rule of law and the President’s legal obligation to uphold the Constitution. Voted to allow illegal immigrants who have unlawfully entered our country to stay at the expense of American citizens and those who seek to come to our country legally (December 4, 2014, H.R. 5759, Roll Call 550)

Voted against legislation to provide an immediate solution to the ongoing crisis on the southern border. (August 1, 2014, H.R. 5230, Roll Call 478)

Voted against prohibiting the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. (August 1, 2014, H.R. 5273, Roll Call 479)