House Passes Bills Cracking Down On Immigration And Sanctuary Cities

The U.S. House of Representatives, by a largely party-line vote, approved two bills Thursday aimed at tightening immigration enforcement and stripping local jurisdictions of federal policing money if they don't fully cooperate with immigration authorities. Provisions of the bill, requiring pretrial detention for illegal immigrants who kill, are named "Sarah's Law".

Johnson also said Kate's Law "would waste American taxpayer funds by imposing severe prison sentences" for illegal aliens who have already been deported from the USA, but continue returning illegally.

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.

"Although people who illegally re-enter the country do so to reunite with their families, or to flee violence or persecution, this bill considers them all unsafe criminals who deserve lengthy prison sentences", Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler said during debate on "Kate's Law".

After the vote Thursday afternoon, President Trump tweeted that he hoped the Senate would soon follow suit and pass "Kate's Law".

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With Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act now moving to the Senate, the House will be under huge pressure to pass the Davis-Oliver Act, a comprehensive enforcement bill that was recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

Endorsing the two bills, Tom Homan, director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Wednesday: "The laws, if passed, would give officers and prosecutors more tools to protect the public". "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". "Opposing these bills, and allowing unsafe criminals back into our communities, our schools, and the neighborhoods where our children play, puts all of us at risk".

However, before the bills go to Trump, the Senate needs to approve them.

Democrats said the bills were feel-good measures meant to make lawmakers look tough on crime.

To highlight the bills up for vote Thursday, the president met with more than a dozen people whose loved ones were killed by people in the country illegally.

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Illegal immigrant crime became a central theme in candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign. These jurisdictions refuse to provide ICE with information about removable illegal aliens who are in their custody and have committed a crime or are suspected of having committed a crime.

But nothing matches his border-control vows that culminated with the House passage of two bills on sanctuary cities.

But it is unlikely the bills will pass the Senate.

He said that Steinle needlessly died, and that sanctuary policies send a message that immigration laws can be ignored. The sanctuary cities bill could garner even less support, as lawmakers protest the cuts in law enforcement funding.

"He should not have been here, and she should not have died", House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, in a final push for Kate's Law, an earlier version of which was blocked in the Senate previous year. Democrats said the bills represented "another step in President Trump's Mass Deportation plan".

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No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will cut federal grant money to cities that "shield unsafe criminal aliens from being turned over to federal law enforcement". But what exactly is Kate's Law, and how will it change USA immigration law?

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