House GOP backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration
- Author: Aubrey Nash Jul 01, 2017,
Jul 01, 2017, 0:12
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed two measures on Thursday targeting sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants.
The House has approved a bill to stiffen punishments for immigrants who re-enter the United States illegally. The legislation is named after Kathryn Steinle, a woman who was allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco in 2015.
Kate's Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the US despite multiple deportations. "Just eleven weeks before the shooting, San Francisco had released Sanchez from its custody, even though ICE had filed a detainer requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up for removal", Sessions said in March. It would increase maximum penalties for undocumented immigrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally after deportation, especially with criminal records.
The second bill (H.R. 3003) would restrict eligibility to receive certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants for states and localities that do not comply with federal immigration law and reallocate those funds to those that are in compliance.
After President Trump met Wednesday with relatives of victims of acts committed by undocumented immigrants, the House Judiciary Committee gave the go-ahead to begin voting on both proposals today, "ensuring they had the 18 necessary votes in the plenary".
Ryan called Collins to the podium during his weekly news conference to talk about the two immigration bills - Kate's Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, both of which the House approved later in the day.
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For too long, politicians across the country have failed to enforce the immigration laws already on the books.
"Enforcement is not selective, occasional or arbitrary, it's the law", spokesman David Lapan said.
The so-called No Sanctuary for Criminals Act proposes to block federal grant money to sanctuary cities that do not work with federal immigration authorities to process criminal illegal aliens, according to ABC 15 Arizona. Both panels approved plans late Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins October 1 The House committee calls for $696 billion in defense spending for 2018 while its Senate counterpart demands $700 billion. Bob Goodlatte that would punish sanctuary cities and criminal aliens who re-enter the USA after being deported. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the sponsor of Kate's Law, said.
"Members of Congress should reject polarizing legislation that would obstruct the efforts of local law enforcement, waste resources and do nothing to keep us safer", Noorani said.
"In a statement, Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union said the bills were "riddled with constitutional violations" in a statement issued Wednesday".
A survey of studies from the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute found that research drawn from census data "broadly concludes that immigrants are less crime prone than the native-born population".
The immigration official said, after a reporter asked if his intent was to make illegal residents fearful, that his message had been misunderstood.
Trump has put an emphasis on rooting out criminal immigrants from the USA 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.