Trump Urges Passage of House Bills Targeting Illegal Immigration
- Author: Santos West Jul 01, 2017,
Jul 01, 2017, 0:13
The bill increases mandatory penalties for illegal aliens who re-enter the USA after being deported.
"Two years ago this weekend, Kate's life was ended when she was gunned down by a five time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions", Walker continued. "Just eleven weeks before the shooting, San Francisco had released Sanchez from its custody, even though ICE had filed a detainer requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up for removal", Sessions said in March.
Trump has embraced families of people killed by immigrants in the country illegally. It would increase maximum penalties for undocumented immigrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally after deportation, especially with criminal records.
In comments picked up by the national media, Collins reminded everyone of an observation made by one of the country's founding fathers - John Adams - who said this country is "a nation of laws and not men".
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, on the other hand, would force state and local law enforcement agencies to violate the Fourth Amendment by requiring them to imprison people without due process at the request of federal immigration agents.
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Still, if the law passed, those already in the United States who get those tougher sentences could still walk out free after they serve them, because the law does nothing to improve coordination between federal and local agencies. As the Justice Department finally acknowledged in May, jurisdictions can not ban law enforcement from sharing information about immigration status with the federal government, but there's no legal obligation that they detain people without a warrant on ICE's behalf.
The second bill, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which takes action against sanctuary cities, "restricts taxpayer grant money to cities that prevent their police from turning over unsafe criminal aliens to federal authorities". The bills are separate measures introduced by Virginia Rep.
The Administration strongly supports H.R. 3004, Kate's Law.
Under Kate's Law, an undocumented immigrant previously convicted of a crime who attempts to reenter the country could face up between 10 and 25 years in prison.
House Republicans praised the passage of two bills aimed at cracking down on sanctuary cities Thursday, saying they believe the changes are necessary to ensure the safety of American citizens.
"The word "sanctuary" calls to mind someplace safe, but too often for families and victims affected by illegal immigrant crime, sanctuary cities are anything but safe", Kelly said.
The bill also contains a provision-known as Sarah and Grant's law - which would ensure that illegal aliens are detained pending their removal proceedings, rather than let them continue to linger in USA communities for weeks, months and even years after they have been ordered deported. That's a tall order, said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, who noted that lifting the so-called budget caps would take 60 votes in the Senate.
"Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk", the president said.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is sponsoring both pieces of legislation. By turning local law enforcement into a sort of vichy arm of ICE, it means the very people law enforcement relies on to report crimes, and find perpetrators of those crimes will not come forward.
In April, the Trump administration opened an office dedicated to helping vicimts of crimes committed by immigrants - an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.