Mr. Culberson said Monday he'll use his position as chairman of the subcommittee that oversees Justice Department funding to make sure sanctuaries don't have access to law enforcement grant money.
"I found a law that's crystal clear and unambiguous, and I found a way to enforce it using the power of the purse, which is very persuasive, the authority that I have as subcommittee chairman," Mr. Culberson replied. "I've got a lot of tools that I can bring to pressure these agencies that it was actually done last July, and then I had the top 10 sanctuary jurisdictions certified as violating federal law, so they can have their money turned off immediately. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the federal government can put conditions on the receipt of federal money, and as long as they're reasonable and they're related to the grant. The state doesn't have to take the money."