Roby Highlights Kate's Law, Sanctuary Cities Crackdown

Posted July 01, 2017

Two dozen Democrats voted with the GOP on "Kate's Law" to impose tougher sentences on illegal re-entry into the U.S., while another vote on "sanctuary cities" was even more partisan. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would prevent sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants and would leave them vulnerable to lawsuits from victims of undocumented criminals.

"The GOP lawmakers pushing the bill argue that the steps are necessary to keep citizens safe from crimes committed by illegal immigrants", said legal analyst James Goodnow.

The other, known widely as "Kate's Law", is named after Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed in San Francisco two years ago by an illegal immigrant who had passed through Texas and been deported five times.

Kate's Law would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who were convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, and then re-entered the country illegally. The perpetrator? None other than an illegal with a multi-felony background who'd been previously deported several times - and who'd been in the city that fateful day taking full advantage of the city's generous sanctuary status.

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"Kate's Law is pretty narrow, but the No Sanctuary bill really moves the ball forward - it's not a touchdown, like the Davis-Oliver Act would be, but it's a solid first down", Krikorian wrote in an email to TheDC.

Attorneys for the states of California and CT, two of Culberson's top targets, say their policies do not block local police and jailers from sharing immigration information with federal authorities, as required by a 1996 law.

The legislation seeks to make sure local law enforcement with sanctuary city protections for criminal illegal aliens are properly turning over those individuals to federal authorities. It's the incident that shaped his campaign rhetoric, his campaign vows to tighten the borders - to go after sanctuary cities and strip these houses of liberal law of federal money.

During a speech at the Energy Department on Thursday, Trump said that if the bills were sent to his desk, he would "give them the fastest approval, the fastest signature, that you have ever seen".

The Republican-led House has approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

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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 USA, but continue returning illegally.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Ryan Kelly also spoke at Thursday's press conference, representing the Trump administration's hardline stance on immigration enforcement.

President Trump reserved his highest praise for the bills, citing the need to "save and protect American lives".

Earlier versions of the bills failed to pass in the Senate.

The killing of Steinle at the hands of a man who wasn't supposed to be in the country but was allowed to be free in the sanctuary city of San Francisco intensified an already volatile debate over immigration and localities that refuse to hand over immigrants for deportation to federal officials. They also say that detaining people on ICE's request without a warrant can be a legal liability, since multiple courts have ruled that such detentions are unconstitutional.

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"People weren't with me when I found dead aliens on a trail that were abandoned by smugglers", Homan said in response to a reporter questioning the grounds for the new measures, according to the Washington Times.