On Thursday despite all the controversy around the Presidents tweets Republicans in the House voted to crack down on illegal immigration and the cities that protect them.
One of the two bills that passed will deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and the second, Kate’s Law will increase penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the US. Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle from San Fransico, California who was murdered by an illegal immigrant would had been deported several times.
Kate’s Law passed the House by a vote of 257 to 157 with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.
Trump responded on Twitter saying:
The second bill “No Sanctuary for Criminal Act” will deny federal grants to sanctuary passed with a vote of 228-195, three Democrats voted yes, and seven Republicans voted no. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said:
“The word ‘sanctuary’ calls to mind someplace safe, but too often for families and victims affected by illegal immigrant crime, and 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 has now called on the Senate to get these bills passed and to his desk. Fox News reports:
Trump called on the House and the Senate to “to honor grieving American families” by approving a “package of truly key immigration enforcement bills” so that he could sign them into law.
“I promise you, it will be done quickly. You don’t have to wait the mandatory period. It will be very quick,” promised Trump.
Many immigration rights groups have characterized efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities as “anti-immigrant,” but Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it is not sound policy to allow sanctuary cities to flout federal immigration laws.
According to Homan, ICE already has arrested nearly 66,000 individuals this year that were either known or suspected to be in the country illegally. Of those arrested, 48,000 were convicted criminal aliens.
“The practices of these jurisdictions are not only contrary to sound policy; they’re contrary to the law enforcement cooperation that is carried out every day in our country and is essential to public safety,” Sessions wrote in a Fox News op-ed backing the bills.
As it stands, for now, it looks like the Trump Administration with a Republican Congress is putting Sanctuary Cities on notice. Do you think these bills will decrease crime? Do you think they are necessary?
Source: Fox News