House Republicans are hoping to move forward a pair of bills that tackle illegal immigration next week to carry out President Donald Trump’s agenda of enforcing federal immigration laws.
One of the bills would boost penalties for deported immigrants that try to re-enter the country and the other would target so-called sanctuary cities, Politico reported.
The former bill is named “Kate’s Law” after a young woman named Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who repeatedly was deported but returned.
The bill boosts penalties for immigrants who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. Trump frequently discussed the killing on the campaign trail last year.
The latter bill, targeting cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials, is called “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act,” including by refusing to hold an immigrant in jail longer just so federal officials can pick him or her up to be deported. Sanctuary cities, usually liberal jurisdictions such as New York, have also been a major Trump target.
The “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act” would toughen penalties for sanctuary cities in multiple ways. For example, it would require that cities and counties comply with orders from federal immigration officials, such as “detainers” that keep immigrants in jail so they can be picked up for deportation. It would also bar Homeland Security and Justice Department grants from sanctuary cities that don’t comply.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) wrote the legislation, which expands “mandatory detention policies” to cover immigrants who have received drunk driving violations and for those immigrants who have had their visa revoked.
“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,” Goodlatte said in a statement Friday.
“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.”