Brandenburg calls for strengthening Michigan’s laws on Iran sanctions

Sen. Jack Brandenburg

Sen. Jack Brandenburg

Lansing, Mich. — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg announced today that in light of the nuclear agreement negotiated by President Obama’s administration he is reviewing the state’s sanctions on the country of Iran.

“In 2012, Senator Roger Kahn put forward legislation that I co-sponsored that prohibited businesses that have economic relationships with Iran from being awarded public contracts,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “I believe Senator Kahn was on the right track three years ago and the time to strengthen our state’s sanctions on Iran is now.”

Brandenburg said Obama’s agreement with Iran is a bad one.

“Iran cannot be trusted, and in fact, I have not trusted Iran since 1979 when they took 60 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran,” Brandenburg said. “The fact that Hezbollah and Vladimir Putin praise the deal should be evidence enough of its many faults. The deal does not require the closing of any Iranian nuclear facilities and frees up $150 billion in aid that will undoubtedly be used against us.”

Brandenburg also said that one of the ways he intends on strengthening the state’s Iranian sanctions is by crafting legislation that will disallow any business with economic ties to Iran from receiving economic development incentives from the state.   

“The Obama administration regrettably seems to believe lifting sanctions on Iran is the right thing to do,” Brandenburg added. “I find this incomprehensible and am committed to doing what I can as a state senator to ensure Iran receives as little help as possible in its undeniable quest in obliterating our allies and eventually us.”



Brandenburg begins work on law banning sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens

Sen. Jack Brandenburg

Sen. Jack Brandenburg

Lansing, Mich. — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg announced on Friday that he has begun work to ban local governments from adopting sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens.

“I have taken the first steps at the state level to prevent any governmental entity in Michigan from adopting sanctuary city policies,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “These policies protect criminals who have entered our country illegally.”

Sanctuary cities are cities that adopt policies that prohibit employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. These policies alter the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, which in some instances results in non-U.S. citizens being eligible for government benefits.

Brandenburg noted that sanctuary cities have come to the forefront of the immigration policy debate, brought to light after the tragic shooting of Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien on July 1 in San Francisco.

“The authorities in San Francisco blatantly disregarded the law and released a man residing in this country illegally — who had already been deported five times,” Brandenburg said. “Due to the city’s internal policies, they refused to notify federal authorities of this criminal’s whereabouts and released him to the streets where he murdered an innocent American. This tragedy could have been prevented if city authorities had done the right thing and followed the law.”

Brandenburg said Michigan has two sanctuary cities in southeast Michigan.  They are the City of Detroit and the City of Ann Arbor.

“People entering our country illegally have no business being here,” Brandenburg added. “We must maintain border security and enforce our nation’s immigration laws. I, for one, have no time or patience for criminals, and I have even less tolerance for anyone who protects them.”

A request for legislation has been submitted and a draft is expected back soon. It is Brandenburg’s intent to introduce his legislation as soon as possible.