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House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes

01 July 2017, 12:12 | Violet Powell

What Is Kate's Law? Trump Urges Congress To Pass Immigration Bills

House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes

The bills - "Kate's Law" and "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" - would up the penalties on undocumented immigrants who attempt to re-enter the country illegally after being deported for crimes and slash funds from cities that protect them.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate bill would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the USA illegally. Its aim is to prevent tragedies of the kind that befell Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed in 2015 by an undocumented immigrant.

On bill, "Kate's Law" - named for Kate Steinle. cut down in the prime of her life by an illegal alien with multiple felonies and deportations - increases the penalty for illegal aliens who attempt to return to the USA after being deported.

"The House will also vote on 'Kate's Law, ' named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant who's been deported five times", the president said. 'We can't bring her back, she's gone because of the hands of a criminal alien, who was released rather than being handed over according to lawful process of federal law enforcement.

Both law have strong backing from President Donald Trump. "Our police chiefs in San Antonio in Austin. they say that maintaining the trust and confidence of the immigrant community to report crime, to be witnesses concerning crime. that makes us all safer, immigrant and non-immigrant alike".

The House voted along party lines to approve extra penalties for sanctuary cities; the vote was 228-195. "He should have been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)", Sessions said in an op-ed emailed to WND Thursday. We're actually liberating towns, if you can believe that we have to do that in the United States of America.

The second bill, The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, makes sanctuary cities ineligible for certain federal grants. The bills are separate measures introduced by Virginia Rep.

House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes

The convention featured speeches from parents whose children were killed by immigrants in the USA illegally, and the White House has tried to keep a focus on the issue since then.

He's ratcheting up the heat on the Obama-appointed holdovers in lower courts and their local political allies who stymie his efforts to stanch the flow of illegals across US borders and to deport those who come here and commit serious crimes. "She deserved that", said Michelle Wilson-Root, who recently started the group Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime. 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.

House Democrats said the bills were part of an anti-immigrant push by the Trump administration.

"Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk".

The bills were celebrated by Republicans as supporting law and order, while Democrats called them racist and counterproductive. "It is the responsibility of Congress to work with the Administration to do all we can to secure our border, reform immigration policies to ensure easy, fair, and timely visas can be obtained, and provide respect and certainty to every individual living in our nation".

SUPPORTING LEGISLATION TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS: President Trump is supporting legislation in Congress that begins to address sanctuary cities and aliens who repeatedly enter our country in violation of our laws. Conservative think tank the Cato Institute called it "a waste of federal resources", saying it would increase the number of nonviolent prisoners without "protecting Americans against serious criminals".

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