The U.S. House will vote on two major immigration enforcement bills this week. “Kate’s Law” and a sanctuary city de-funding bill will pass before legislators. If these bills pass, it will deliver on campaign promises made by President Trump and many Republicans in Congress during the last election cycle.
The “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) focuses on sanctuary policies that endanger communities in America. The bill would refuse federal law enforcement grants to “sanctuary” jurisdictions that do not allow their law enforcement personnel to engage U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The bill also allows for victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens to sue these jurisdictions for the harm caused by the illegal policies.
“For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives,” Goodlatte said in written statement. “The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck, and too many others, are tragic. Their deaths are especially devastating since they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced.”
“Sarah and Grant’s Law,” named for Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck who were killed by illegal alien drunk drivers. The proposed law would safeguard communities by ensuring that criminal aliens convicted of drunk driving or other dangerous crimes would not be let out of jail pending their deportation proceedings. In Sarah Root’s case, an illegal alien killed her while driving drunk when she was just 21-years-old. After being charged with manslaughter, the illegal made bond and then fled from the United States. Sarah was killed just one day after she graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA.
One of the main architects of a bill that will be voted on this week is Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). He made this written statement about the importance of this vote:
“The House Judiciary Committee is working to improve our nation’s immigration laws and policy, and today I have introduced two, straightforward bills to enhance public safety. The bills crack down on dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly put innocent lives at risk. They enhance penalties for deported felons who return to the United States and ensure unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for other dangerous crimes, are detained during their removal proceedings. We owe it to the families of those who lost loved ones to take action to prevent these horrible crimes. They have waited far too long.”
In summary, this is what these new laws will accomplish according to Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee:
•“establish[es] statutory probable cause standards to issue detainers”;
•“withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE”;
•“protects jurisdictions that comply with detainers from being sued”;
•“allow[s] victims of crime to sue jurisdictions that refuse to comply and subsequently release criminal aliens onto the streets”;
•“ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings.”
What are your thoughts about these bills coming up for a vote?