In another key immigration vote Thursday, the House passed the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act", which cuts off some federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities. San Francisco and other California communities have already gone to court to challenge Trump's executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.
"For six years, we have been just getting by - cutting resources as the world becomes more unsafe, asking more and more of those who serve, and putting off the tough choices", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the House committee's chairman.
Just months in office, President Donald J. Trump is keeping his promises to the American people and taking action to enforce our country's immigration laws. Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over". The former bill is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman who was allegedly murdered in 2015 by an undocumented immigrant with multiple felony convictions.
"Kate's Law" raises the maximum prison sentences for illegal aliens caught re-entering the US following deportation, with increasing penalties for repeat offenders.
In comments picked up by the national media, Collins reminded everyone of an observation made by one of the country's founding fathers - John Adams - who said this country is "a nation of laws and not men".
Any jurisdictions that do not comply with requests would be blocked from receiving certain federal grants from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. 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 US following deportation. Specifically, the bill clarifies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority-the tool used by federal immigration enforcement officers to pick up criminal aliens from local jails-by establishing statutory probable cause standards to issue detainers for the first time.
One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.
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Neither bill is expected to pass the Senate, since 60 votes would be required for them to proceed.
The passing of the bill is seen as another win for President Trump who gave victims of illegal immigrant crimes an unprecedented platform in a debate that too often centered on the plight of the illegal alien, not the victim.
A year ago on the campaign trail Trump stated, "On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass "Kate's Law" - named for Kate Steinle - to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal re-entry face strong mandatory minimum sentences".
By both tradition and law, immigration and control of USA borders have always been a duty and obligation of the federal government - not states and cities.
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 previous year. Luis V. Gutierrez are nervous about the prospect of the bills going to the Senate floor.
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