Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Highlights Kate’s Law, Sanctuary Cities Crackdown

June 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress is working with the Trump Administration to crack down on sanctuary cities and keep Americans safe, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said Tuesday.

At a news conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), Roby highlighted two key immigration bills set to come to the floor this week: H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would prohibit cities and states from implementing sanctuary polices and cut off taxpayer funding for jurisdictions that obstruct federal authorities from enforcing immigration laws.

Kate’s Law would increase the maximum penalties for criminal aliens who reenter the United States illegally. It is named for Kathryn Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been deported several times before.  

Sanctuary cities are magnets for illegal immigrants, including dangerous people with criminal records. There are more than 140 jurisdictions and six states actively obstructing enforcement of federal immigration laws with sanctuary policies,” Roby said. “This practice puts Americans at risk, and I believe the federal government should do all it can to discourage it. That's why this week the House is taking up legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities and increase penalties for illegal immigrants who persist in breaking our laws. We are working with the Trump Administration and keeping our promise to make America safer.”

Roby is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal immigration policy.