House Passes Kate’s Law, Bill to Combat Sanctuary City Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today took action to keep Americans safe by passing legislation designed to combat violent crime by illegal immigrants and crack down on dangerous sanctuary policies.
H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would prohibit cities and states from implementing sanctuary policies and cut off taxpayer funding for jurisdictions that obstruct enforcement of federal immigration laws. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, would increase the maximum penalties for criminal aliens who reenter the United States illegally. The bill is named for Kathryn Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported several times prior.
“We are delivering on our promise to keep Americans safe,” Roby said. “It’s unconscionable to think that our system failed so badly that innocent people have been the victims of violent crimes by illegal immigrants. Americans are rightly outraged by this, and we are working to put a stop to it. Our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed, but border security and strict enforcement must come first.”
The bills now await further action by the Senate.