The House on Thursday approved what would be the stiffest immigration crackdown in more than two decades, passing bills in a 257-167 vote, including support from two dozen Democrats. "There are more than 140 jurisdictions and six states actively obstructing enforcement of federal immigration laws with sanctuary policies", Roby said. Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezHouse passes "Kate's Law" and bill targeting sanctuary cities Judiciary Dem asks GOP chairman to invite Trump to testify in public The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said during House floor debate.
But immigration and civil liberties advocates say the bills are nothing more than an attempt to crack down on all 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, and that they are part of the Trump administration's attempt to create a brutal "deportation force" to upend the lives of innocent people.
Kate's Law is named after Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in by an undocumented immigrant who had a criminal record and had previously been deported.
The President was commenting upon the first law, known as Kate's Law, which "increases criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the country illegally". An illegal immigrant who had been deported five times was charged with her murder.
House Passes 'No Sanctuary For Criminals' Act
Even though the House vote is partially assured, the Senate will determine the future of both laws.
The bills we passed today, along with President Trump's travel ban being upheld by the Supreme Court this week, further protect our country and enforce the immigration laws on the books.
Attorneys for the states of California and CT, two of Culberson's top targets, say their policies do not block local police and jailers from sharing immigration information with federal authorities, as required by a 1996 law. This will guarantee local police the ability to work with immigration agents, stopping lawsuits against local jurisdictions that cooperate with Homeland Security. One would cut off some federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities; the other would impose tougher sentences on criminals who have entered the USA illegally multiple times.More news: US Treasury sanctions Chinese bank for illegal N.Korea activity
"That's because San Francisco is one of about 300 cities that openly refuse to turn over criminal illegal aliens to federal law enforcement", Sessions wrote.
The bill would also allow federal authorities to refuse to transfer individuals into state or local custody if a state or locality is not in compliance with the No Sanctuary Act.
Despite the House passage of the two bills on Thursday, Democrats are likely to present a roadblock in the Senate.
Goodlatte pointed to the slaying of 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 as one of the motivations for "Kate's Law".More news: Aston Martin launches faster Vantage AMR
The Fraternal Order of Police urged lawmakers to vote against the bill, saying it would strip communities of needed policing resources. Under the bill, people could be sentenced to up to 25 years if they reentered the US after being convicted of certain crimes, some of them immigration-related.
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