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House Republicans Applaud Passage Of Bills Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities

House Republicans Applaud Passage Of Bills Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities

The US House of Representatives Thursday passed two bills to penalize undocumented immigrants who try to reenter the US illegally and would cut funds for cities that provide sanctuary for them, NBC News reported.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters earlier this week that the bill's aim of cracking down on state and local governments for releasing illegal immigrants earlier than officially permitted would make the jobs of local law enforcement more hard.

Kathryn Steinle was shot dead at San Francisco's Pier 14 while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront. Federal agents requested that San Francisco keep him in detention due to his undocumented status but because San Francisco is a sanctuary city, it ignored those requests and released him.

During his floor remarks, Barletta discussed meeting the family of Derek Kichline, a 29-year-old father of three young children who in 2006 was murdered while working on his truck in Hazleton by an illegal immigrant who had been released by law enforcement a number of times, including by the sanctuary city of NY. As Americans, we welcome those hard-working individuals who wish to come to our country legally, but criminals who come here illegally - especially those convicted of felonies - have no place in our society.

Under the bill, States and localities that refuse to follow Federal law and that prevent law enforcement officials from cooperating with Federal authorities will no longer receive certain grants from the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS).

"The House Judiciary Committee is working to improve our nation's immigration laws and policy, and today I have introduced two, straightforward bills to enhance public safety", Goodlatte said in a press release Friday.

Two dozen Democrats voted with the GOP on "Kate's Law" to impose tougher sentences on illegal re-entry into the United States, while another vote on "sanctuary cities" was even more partisan.

Check back for updates on this developing story. We're actually liberating towns, if you can believe that we have to do that in the United States of America.

As Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times noted this week, "federal judges remain major stumbling blocks to (Trump's) aggressive immigration plans, with courts from California to MI and Atlanta limiting his crackdown on sanctuary cities and stopping him from deporting illegal immigrants he has targeted for removal".

The second piece of legislation, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, targets sanctuary cities that violate federal immigration policy.

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Three Democrats broke with their party to support the sanctuary cities bill: Reps.

Identifying himself as the son of a state trooper and supporter of law enforcement, Collins staked a strong stand against sanctuary cities.

"The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act", the White House said in a statement.

Trump also urged the Senate to pass the bills and send them to his desk.

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 US cities that welcome and harbor criminal illegal aliens.

"For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and spread of sanctuary policies have cost too many lives", he said, citing Obama administration policies that "encouraged or at the very least turned a blind eye to jurisdictions nationwide that implemented sanctuary policies".

The bills prompted sharp attacks by Democrats, who said the legislation would have a deleterious effect on public safety and would ramp up fear among law-abiding immigrants.

"Members of Congress should reject polarizing legislation that would obstruct the efforts of local law enforcement, waste resources and do nothing to keep us safer", Noorani said.

That idea was vindicated this week as the Supreme Court let most of President Trump's temporary restrictions on Muslim immigrants from six Middle Eastern nations go into effect - despite lower-court rulings by Obama-appointed judges in California, Hawaii, Washington and Maryland that Trump's temporary travel ban discriminated against Muslims.

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