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House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities

House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities”

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton voted Thursday for the two bills he co-sponsored - Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act - to strengthen enforcement of our nation's immigration laws and keep Americans safe.

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. It is named for Kate Steinle, who was shot dead in San Francisco in 2015.

"Two years ago this weekend, Kate's life was ended when she was gunned down by a five time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions", Walker continued. Trump met at the White House on Wednesday with more than a dozen people whose family members were killed by people in the country illegally, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the families Thursday.

The "No Sanctuary" bill authorizes the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to withhold grants from cities and states that refuse to comply with federal immigration law or honor immigration detention requests.

Just months in office, President Donald J. Trump is keeping his promises to the American people and taking action to enforce our country's immigration laws.

This measure passed 228-to-195. Pro-immigration advocacy groups, some law enforcement groups, and others have raised concerns. We're getting them out as fast as we can get them out and we're freeing up towns - actually liberating towns if you can believe that we have to do that in the United States of America.

As Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times noted this week, "federal judges remain major stumbling blocks to (Trump's) aggressive immigration plans, with courts from California to MI and Atlanta limiting his crackdown on sanctuary cities and stopping him from deporting illegal immigrants he has targeted for removal".

"That's because San Francisco is one of about 300 cities that openly refuse to turn over criminal illegal aliens to federal law enforcement", Sessions wrote.

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Despite opposition from Democrats, Speaker Ryan expects the Republican conference to approve both Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House floor in support of H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004. The law would allow for harsher punishments for those who enter the country illegally after being deported.

Despite a great deal of push-back from Democratic partisans, both bills are anticipated by the Trump administration to pass without issue.

It also requires that localities comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to detain suspects for extra time, since some jurisdictions now don't always cooperate.

The Administration is committed to strengthening enforcement of our Nation's immigration laws in order to improve national security and public safety.

Trump has put an emphasis on rooting out criminal immigrants from the US since he's been in office, ramping up immigration enforcement capabilities under two executive orders, though the enforcement has made all undocumented immigrants vulnerable to action.

The anti-sanctuary city bill, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, was also passed. "We are doing laws", said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. By turning local law enforcement into a sort of vichy arm of ICE, it means the very people law enforcement relies on to report crimes, and find perpetrators of those crimes will not come forward. 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.

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