01 July, 2017
The Republican-controlled House on Thursday passed two immigration bills that align with President Donald Trump's aim to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" and deportees who re-enter the United States unlawfully.
H.R. 3004, Kate's Law, is named after California native Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco - a sanctuary city - in broad daylight by an illegal immigrant with seven prior felony convictions, and who had been deported from the US five times.
Kate's Law calls for raising penalties against illegal immigrants who are deported and then reenter the United States. The legislation would increase penalties for deported undocumented immigrants who attempt to re-enter the U.S.
The "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" would strip state and local governments of Justice Department and Homeland Security grant funding for law enforcement and anti-terrorism efforts if they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
"Despite claims to the contrary", she said in a statement, "Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will make our communities less safe by undermining the trust that law enforcement builds with its communities - citizen and immigrant alike". Unlike former President Barack Obama, who had threatened to veto such measures, Trump has said he would sign both bills.
Key sponsor and GOP Representative Bob Goodlatte emphasized that the bill would be a boon to public safety.
And the laws vilify immigrants and make communities more unsafe, Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego said.
"Sanctuary jurisdictions pose a threat to the American public by refusing to work with ICE and allowing egregious criminal offenders back into the community to put the lives of the public at risk", Homan said during the briefing.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump demanded action against sanctuary cities, which provide some protection for illegal immigrants under laws that limit how much cooperation local police may have with federal immigration authorities.
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Before the vote, Barletta spoke on the House floor and urged his colleagues to pass both bills.
"Consider the case of Ever Valles, an illegal alien who was charged with robbing and murdering 32-year-old Tim Cruz at a Denver light rail station". The suspect had been deported multiple times and had seven felony convictions.
Earlier versions of the bills failed to pass in the Senate.
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, H.R. 3003, cracks down on sanctuary cities by clarifying that no entity or individual may prevent a government from enforcing immigration laws or cooperating with immigration officials. San Francisco is a sanctuary city.
"It is unjust to penalize law enforcement and the citizens they serve because Congress disagrees with their enforcement priorities with respect to our nation's immigration laws". Last year, Kate's Law received the support of three Democratic votes - Indiana Sen.
"People weren't with me when I found dead aliens on a trail that were abandoned by smugglers", Homan said in response to a reporter questioning the grounds for the new measures, according to the Washington Times.