Crackdown on Illegals: House Passes Kate’s Law

Kate Steinle Kate's Law

House Republicans passed new bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration earlier on Thursday. One of the bills will deny federal funding to sanctuary cities while the second one dubbed Kate’s Law will increase the penalties for deported illegals if they trying to get back to the United States.

Kate’s Law derives its name from a San Francisco resident, Kate Steinle respectively, a woman who was murdered by an illegal alien who was in the United States despite being previously deported multiple times. Kate’s Law passed easily with a vote of 257 for vs 157 opposing it. Interestingly enough, 24 Democrats voted for the respective law whilst 1 Republican voted against.

The passing of Kate’s Law has special significance, as Saturday marks the 2 year anniversary of the woman’s death by the hands of an illegal immigrant. President Donald Trump went on to Twitter to celebrate the good news:

 

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An earlier version of Kate’s Law was blocked by Democrats in the Senate in 2016. To quote House Speaker Paul Ryan:

“He should not have been here, and she should not have died. Our job here is to make sure that those professionals have the tools that they need and the resources that they need to carry out their work and to protect our communities. That is what these measures are all about,”

The second piece of legislation will cut funding to sanctuary cities and it was voted with 228 vs 195, with 7 Republicans voting against and 3 Democrats voting yes.

As The Hill reports, the 3 DEMs who defected from the party-line to support the crackdown on sanctuary cities are as follows: Reps. Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Collin Peterson (Minn.). The 7 dwarfs Republicans who will not be reelected in the 2018 midterms and voted against the bill are Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Dan Donovan (N.Y.), Peter King (N.Y.), Dave Reichert (Wash.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.).

Dubbed No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, the new law would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and states that refuse to cooperate with ICE/Immigration law-enforcement. As Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said during a presser, prior to the vote in the House:

The word ‘sanctuary’ calls to mind someplace safe, but too often for families and victims affected by illegal immigrant crime, sanctuary cities are anything but safe

It is beyond my comprehension why federal state and local officials … would actively discourage or outright prevent law enforcement agencies from upholding the laws of the United States,

President Trump called for Congress to step up to the plate and pass the legislation as soon as possible. However, carrying these laws through the Senate would not be easy. As per 2017, ICE already arrested almost 66,000 individuals who were known (or suspected) to be in the US illegally, of which 48,000 were convicted criminals (illegals).

 

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Via Fox News