Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

House Passes Kate's Law and Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation

House Passes Kate's Law and Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation

Two dozen Democrats voted with the GOP on "Kate's Law" to impose tougher sentences on illegal re-entry into the United States, while another vote on "sanctuary cities" was even more partisan.

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. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, and have been embraced by the White House.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed "Kate's Law", a bill inspired by the 2015 shooting death of Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle on a San Francisco pier by an oft-deported undocumented immigrant with a history of criminal convictions.

Three of first lady Melania Trump's guests at the president's address to Congress in February were people who had family members killed by undocumented immigrants.

"We're calling on all members of Congress to honor grieving American families by passing these lifesaving measures in the House, in the Senate, and then sending them to my desk for a very rapid signature", Trump said during a White House meeting with crime victims Wednesday. Trump offered strong support for the bill the day before.

Still, Democrats won't apply a full-court press as they whip against "Kate's Law", given the emotional forces underlying the Steinle tragedy and others like it.

Both bills were introduced by Rep. It also, most happily, hands the victims of crimes committed by illegals in sanctuary cities the power and authority to sue these local governments for liability.

Jurisdictions found in violation of the "No Sanctuary Act" would lose a number of Justice Department policing grants, including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice assistance grants that have provided millions of dollars to the state and CT cities like Hartford and New Haven.

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Two laws that crack down on illegal immigration passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and gathered criticism from opponents who claim they are a threat to civil liberties. Authorities say a Mexican immigrant who was illegally living in the USA killed her.

Critics of efforts targeting "sanctuary cities" blasted the bills' passages Thursday, saying it's inappropriate for the USA government to mandate that local law enforcement agencies enforce federal laws - particularly by threatening to cut funding, which totals in the billions nationwide. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration, and President Donald Trump has indicated support for the bill if presented to him for approval.

The pair of bills face a steeper road in the Senate, where Republicans have a slim 52-48 majority. Under the bill, people could be sentenced to up to 25 years if they reentered the US after being convicted of certain crimes, some of them immigration-related.

Trump also celebrated the bills' passage after tweeting on Thursday, "Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw".

"By flagrantly disregarding the rule of law, sanctuary cities are putting lives at risk, and we can not tolerate that", Ryan said.

In April, a United States judge blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump to deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.

President Trump reserved his highest praise for the bills, citing the need to "save and protect American lives".

"Sanctuary cities are magnets for illegal immigrants including some unsafe people with criminal records", Roby told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Democrats said the bills represented "another step in President Trump's Mass Deportation plan".

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