The House just passed a pair of laws meant to crack down on illegal immigration and the crime that comes with it.
Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained why both measures are of utmost importance:
Two years ago this week, a young woman named Kate Steinle was murdered in cold blood—shot in the back as she walked with her father on a tourist pier in San Francisco.
The man charged with her murder, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was a seven-time felon and an illegal alien who had been deported five times. And yet he walked the streets of an American city freely.
Lopez-Sanchez should never have been on that pier with Kate. He should have been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And he would have been if San Francisco had only notified ICE of his release from the city’s custody, as ICE had requested.
But San Francisco refused to do so. The city continues to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. In fact, it’s city policy.
That’s because San Francisco is one of about 300 cities which openly refuse to turn over criminal illegal aliens to federal law enforcement.
The House finally passed a bill that’s become known as “Kate’s Law,” which would increase penatlies for illegal aliens who have already been deported and are caught attempting to reenter the country. 24 Democrats voted in support of the bill, with 1 Republican voting “no”.
President Trump praised the House for passing Kate’s Law and hoped that the Senate would soon follow suit.
Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
The White House certainly believes that passing Kate’s Law will save lives, Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued their case today when she read the names of the victims of illegal immigrant crime.
The other bill would deny federal grants to Sanctuary Cities and was passed on mostly partisan lines, with only 3 Democrats voting “yes” and 7 Republicans voting “no.”
“No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” would cut federal grants to states and “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with law enforcement carrying out immigration enforcement activities.
“The word ‘sanctuary’ calls to mind someplace safe, but too often for families and victims affected by illegal immigrant crime, sanctuary cities are anything but safe,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asserted in the pre-vote press conference.
“It is beyond my comprehension why federal state and local officials … would actively discourage or outright prevent law enforcement agencies from upholding the laws of the United States,” he added.