Pearce Votes For Anti-Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Posted July 01, 2017

The sanctuary city bill passed 228-195, while the sentencing bill passed 257-167. The Sanctuary bill reduce the amount of Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security grant funds available for jurisdictions those found to have "sanctuary policies" that the administration says violate federal law.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced both bills. "This bill demonizes immigrants, punishes communities that seek to build trust between immigrants and law enforcement and allows indefinite detention, ... all while making us less safe". Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over". Kate's Law, which is named after a woman who was killed by an undocumented immigrant who'd been deported five times in San Francisco, would allow mandatory minimum sentences to be imposed on immigrants who are convicted of re-entering the country illegally.

Kate's Law would increase maximum penalties for undocumented immigrants who continue coming back to America after they've been deported.

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".

In a statement issued after the vote, Trump urged the Senate "to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk". Both panels approved plans late Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins October 1 The House committee calls for $696 billion in defense spending for 2018 while its Senate counterpart demands $700 billion.

"Unlawful immigrants who break the law should be turned over to federal authorities", Lance said.

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The other legislative initiative, approved 257-167, would impose harsher penalties on criminals who have illegally entered the U.S. multiple times, Efe news reported. In a post on the right-leaning Cato Institute's website, the think-tank's immigration policy analyst David Bier described the "No Sanctuary" bill as anti-federalist and said parts of it pose a threat to state sovereignty.

At a news conference at the Capitol with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Kelly said his agency "will enforce the laws that are passed by Congress", adding: "I am offended when members of this institution put pressure and often threaten me and my officers to ignore the laws they make".

"My colleagues say this bill is about protecting us from criminals, but don't be fooled about the ultimate effect of this bill", Conyers said on the House floor.

Barletta worked with leadership to bring the bills to the House for a vote.

"President Trump has been clear that our borders are not open to illegal immigration, that we are a nation of laws, and we will no longer look the other way", he said. Jackie Speier and Eric Swalwell, joined Republicans in voting for the bill. Steinle was shot and killed on a pier in San Francisco, which is a sanctuary city. The bills now go to the Senate.

Johnson also said Kate's Law "would waste American taxpayer funds by imposing severe prison sentences" for illegal aliens who have already been deported from the US, but continue returning illegally. It is a bait-and-switch strategy: "use a terrible tragedy to sell a policy that would not have prevented that death, so that you put more immigrants in jail for longer periods of time". "Or is the objective of our government to protect felons who have entered our country illegally, broken our laws and threatened our people?"