Last night President Trump announced some good news for the safety and security of the American people – the House of Representatives passed major legislation on illegal immigration.
Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act were passed by a bipartisan majority of Congressmen (257 to 157 and 228-195, respectively). Next it is on to the Senate, then hopefully President Trump’s desk.
According to the president’s statement:
The first bill, Kate’s Law, increases criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the country illegally. The bill is named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. Every year, countless Americans are victimized, assaulted, and killed by illegal immigrants who have been deported multiple times. It is time for these tragedies to end.
The second bill, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, restricts taxpayer grant money to cities that prevent their police from turning over dangerous criminal aliens to federal authorities. Sanctuary cities are releasing violent criminals, including members of the bloodthirsty MS-13 gang, back onto our streets every single day. Innocent Americans are suffering unthinkable violence as a result of these cities’ reckless actions.
This legislation should be a no-brainer – stopping repeat offenders flagrantly flouting our immigration laws and making sure violent illegal immigrants aren’t put back on the streets? How was the vote not unanimous?!
This is a significant week to be pushing the bills – President Trump met with family members of crime victims of illegal immigrants on Wednesday, and Saturday is the second anniversary of Kate’s murder. Kate’s Law was introduced in 2015, but Harry Reid and Senate Democrats were able to kill the bill. Hopefully the Senate will honor her memory and save the American people from more unnecessary bloodshed by quickly passing these laws.
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