House Approves Two Immigration Enforcement Bills, Davis-Oliver Next?


House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes

The two pieces of legislation are coming up for a vote in the House, "Kate's Law" and "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act", align with the President's tough-on-immigrants approach.

HR 3003 seeks to eliminate federal funds from the Department of Justice and National Security to sanctuary jurisdictions "that do not comply with federal arrest warrants", Univisión reported. Cory Booker (D-N.J) introduced legislation to prevent the federal government from using state and local law enforcement officials to enforce US immigration law.

"The GOP lawmakers pushing the bill argue that the steps are necessary to keep citizens safe from crimes committed by illegal immigrants", said legal analyst James Goodnow. Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over".

This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of Kate Steinle's horrific death, when she was randomly shot on a peer in the sanctuary city of San Fransisco, touching off a huge debate about the sanctuary policies in followed by more than 300 USA cities that welcome and harbor criminal illegal aliens. The bill enhances penalties for convicted and deported criminals who reenter the United States illegally.

House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes

Trump has blamed the death of Steinle on San Francisco's policies, namely its status as a "sanctuary city", which provide safe havens for undocumented immigrants. He told family members gathered at the White House that they'd "lost the people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws". Trump tweeted as the House debated the bills Thursday, one of five tweets he pushed out to his 35 million followers highlighting the legislation.

In Washington, the House of Representatives voted in favor of two immigration bills introduced by U.S Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke).

The Fraternal Order of Police issued a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reject the sanctuary cities bill, saying it would punish local law enforcement agencies for carrying out the mandates of the local governments they work for.

Nobody stands above the law - not the self-righteous local officials who obstruct the law by taking part in the sanctuary city movement, and not the criminals who return to the US again and again and commit violent crimes.

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The House also voted, 257-167, in favor of legislation increasing penalties for those who re-enter the USA after being deported.

The bill includes a provision that ensures immigrants in the US illegally who are charged with a serious crime are detained during their deportation proceedings.

Critics of efforts targeting "sanctuary cities" blasted the bills' passages Thursday, saying it's inappropriate for the US government to mandate that local law enforcement agencies enforce federal laws - particularly by threatening to cut funding, which totals in the billions nationwide.

Neither bill is expected to pass the Senate, since 60 votes would be required for them to proceed.

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HR 3004 would also create a new maximum prison sentence of 10 years for an immigrant caught illegally entering the country after three or more previous deportations.

Several studies have found that immigrants illegally entering the US are actually less likely to commit crimes than native USA citizens.

The bill is named after Kate Steinle, a woman who was murdered allegedly by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal past.

Trump greeted passage of the first bill with the tweet, "Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw".

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"By flagrantly disregarding the rule of law, sanctuary cities are putting lives at risk", House Speaker Paul Ryan added. Lopez-Sanchez had just finished a almost four-year federal prison sentence for illegally reentering the country. They now go to the Senate for consideration. It is a bait-and-switch strategy: "use a awful tragedy to sell a policy that would not have prevented that death, so that you put more immigrants in jail for longer periods of time".

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