House passes immigration bills stemming from Cal Poly grad Kate
00:13, Jul 1, 2017
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There would be tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught illegally crossing the border and millions of dollars less in federal funds for so-called sanctuary jurisdictions under two House immigration bills approved Thursday. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman whose accused killer was a seven-time felon who had been deported five times previously. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who pleaded not guilty to the crime, had been released by sheriff's officials months earlier despite a request by immigration officials to keep him behind bars.
Kate's Law, H.R. 3004, increases penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after being deported.
The "No Sanctuary for Criminals Acts" means those states and cities will not receive federal grants as long as they "refuse to cooperate with law enforcement carrying out immigration enforcement activities".
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. Opponents of the policy maintain that sanctuary cities make communities less safe and decrease employment prospects for American citizens.
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate's Law both take strides to protect people from becoming victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, according to GOP Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama.
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"Thank you Chairman Goodlatte, we appreciate your boldness in protecting the citizens of America with great legislation", he began.
The sanctuary measure was approved, 228-195.
The "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" would prohibit sanctuary cities from adopting policies that restrict police officers from asking individuals about their immigration status or the immigration status of others. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the USA illegally. 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 USA citizens.
Contains Sarah and Grant's law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other risky crimes are detained during removal proceedings and not released back onto the street.
"This would hurt CT very, very much", said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3 District, who represents New Haven and champions immigrant rights.
"The practices of these jurisdictions are not only contrary to sound policy; they're contrary to the law enforcement cooperation that is carried out every day in our country and is essential to public safety", he wrote.
The bill also contains a provision-known as Sarah and Grant's law - which would ensure that illegal aliens are detained pending their removal proceedings, rather than let them continue to linger in US communities for weeks, months and even years after they have been ordered deported.
In a statement issued after the vote, Trump urged the Senate "to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk".
That's not a surprise, given that the Trump administration has gone beyond targeting immigrants with criminal histories for deportations as well.
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