House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities

House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill declaring war on sanctuary cities

The second piece of legislation, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would grant additional powers to the federal government to compel sanctuary cities to abide by federal immigration policy.

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.

House Democrats said the bills were part of an anti-immigrant push by the Trump administration. Opponents of the policy maintain that sanctuary cities make communities less safe and decrease employment prospects for American citizens. Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over". The perpetrator? None other than an illegal with a multi-felony background who'd been previously deported several times - and who'd been in the city that fateful day taking full advantage of the city's generous sanctuary status.

Kate's Law was heavily supported by then Fox News Anchor Bill O'Reilly who often called for a bi-partisan effort to pass the bill.

House Republicans joined President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon in declaring war on sanctuary cities - passing legislation targeting the cities' funding while hammering a message of the dangers posed by undocumented immigrants. As the Justice Department finally acknowledged in May, jurisdictions can not ban law enforcement from sharing information about immigration status with the federal government, but there's no legal obligation that they detain people without a warrant on ICE's behalf. It also withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE. Together these bills ensure that taxpayers dollars are not being used to subsidize "sanctuary cities", and increase prison sentences for immigrants convicted of illegally re-entering the USA following deportation.

Critics of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act argue it makes law enforcement officials' jobs more hard since illegal immigrants may be disincentivized to report crimes due to fears of deportation. The city continues to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

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

The bills still need to be approved by the Senate, where many analysts believe both will be defeated. 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 US citizens.

Speaking on the House floor ahead of the vote, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) called the legislation "dangerous" and "anti-immigrant", and charged that the bills "perpetuate the fiction that immigrants are somehow inherently criminal".

President Trump's policies have already had an impact, with 64 percent fewer apprehensions and inadmissible entries at the southwest border compared to the same time past year.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. It is named for Kate Steinle, who was shot dead in San Francisco in 2015.

Wilson-Root and others find comfort in tougher penalties, but according to a March 2017 Cato Institute study, there is no evidence that illegal immigrants commit more crimes than the general population.

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