House Passes Bills Cracking Down On Immigration And Sanctuary Cities

Posted July 01, 2017

"Sanctuary cities are releasing violent criminals, including members of the bloodthirsty MS-13 gang, back onto our streets every single day", he said following the House vote.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would require all jurisdictions to comply with ICE requests to detain illegal immigrants until federal immigration enforcement officials can take the individual into their custody. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) earlier this month with 16 Republican cosponsors, would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to create new punishments for immigrants re-entering the USA after deportation.

But, much like another Trump immigration policy, a border wall between the United States and Mexico, Kate's Law would do more to appease immigration hardliners than to fix the USA immigration system. Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over". It is named after Kathryn Steinle, a 2009 Cal Poly grad who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by a man who was in the country illegally.

Kate's Law calls for raising penalties against illegal immigrants who are deported and then reenter the United States.

Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House floor in support of H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004. "These bills can restore sanity and common-sense to our system by ending abusive attempts to undermine federal law, and they can prevent future tragedies by empowering law enforcement".

Both bills would fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises if they became law, but the Senate has killed similar legislation and is unlikely to be able to reach the 60-vote requirement to pass the bills.

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The Fraternal Order of Police issued a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reject the sanctuary cities bill, saying it would punish local law enforcement agencies for carrying out the mandates of the local governments they work for. He hit a roadblock, though: Although his administration implied jurisdictions were breaking the law by not fully cooperating with ICE, that wasn't true.

The current Kate's Law proposal focuses on penalties for deported criminal offenders, like Lopez-Sanchez, who repeatedly try to get back into the US after deportation. Bob Goodlatte that would punish sanctuary cities and criminal aliens who re-enter the US after being deported. The city continues to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the offense would also apply to people who request entry because they are seeking protection from sex trafficking or persecution, or those who ask for humanitarian parole to donate organs to relatives who are US citizens.

Republicans say these bills are restoring the rule of law.

"During my campaign, I met many grieving families who all had the same plea: lawmakers must put the safety of American families first", said the President in a statement. As such, they proposed legislation to impose harsher sentences on undocumented immigrants who have already been convicted of crimes.

Acting Director Thomas Homan told reporters during an off-camera gaggle he didn't say immigrants coming into the country illegally commit more crimes than USA citizens.

"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. The bills now go to the Senate. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Fox and Friends a vote on the two bills would come this week.