Around the South for July 14: AR, OK & SC

Arkansas: Cotton would bar grants to sanctuary cities. US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) has introduced an amendment that would ban cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities from receiving certain federal funds. He said in a statement, “The senseless murder of a young woman in San Francisco last week tragically illustrates that … [i]t is unacceptable that cities would issue ordinances that explicitly aim to frustrate federal immigration laws that are supposed to keep illegal immigrant felons off the streets” ……. Oklahoma: Lankford has good opinion of Archuleta. US Sen. James Lankford (R), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Intelligence committees, had a positive opinion of Katherine Archuleta, who resigned as head of the Office of Personnel Management following the hacking of the records of 22.1 federal employees. “She put into place procedures that actually helped discover the breaches,” Lankford said last week, reported the Tulsa World ……. South Carolina: Scott on battle flag removal. US Sen. Tim Scott (R), who is African-American, said in a statement, following last week’s legislation removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds: “The Confederate battle flag did not cause the hateful, racist actions that left nine families and our entire state grieving, and it remains part of our state’s rich and provocative history. But for so many, the flag signifies pain and division that has no home here, and that does not represent the present or the future of our great state” …….