In largely party-line votes, the House passed two bills Thursday meant to allow for stronger punishments for people who have entered the US illegally and to take federal funding away from "sanctuary cities" that do not enforce federal immigration laws. He also recounted many times the shooting death of young woman by a Mexican national with seven prior convictions who'd been deported five times - giving rise to Kate's Law, which calls for tougher penalties for convicted and deported criminals who re-enter the country. One would cut off some federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities; the other would impose tougher sentences on criminals who have entered the US illegally multiple times.
Transnational gang MS-13 is a primary target under two pending bills in the House of Representatives that seek to strengthen immigration enforcement, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday during a meeting with crime victims at the White House.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is sponsoring both pieces of legislation.
While the bills were widely expected to pass the Republican-controlled House, they are a welcome win for a White House that has seen little recent legislative success.
The Fraternal Order of Police urged lawmakers to vote against the bill, saying it would strip communities of needed policing resources. But they don't. Mostly, Republicans voted yes, and Democrats no. "Fixing our broken immigration system is complicated, but we should all support deporting illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes".
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The Treasury said the two individuals have been linked to front or cover companies on behalf of North Korean institutions. It cited a United Nations expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North.
Democrats and human rights advocates warned that the bill could lead to prosecution even of asylum seekers who present themselves at the border ― something that is not now illegal ― after being previously deported.
"The legislation before us today is one born of a preventable tragedy", said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, one of the bill's co-sponsors.
The House passed this version of Kate's Law 257-167, mostly on party lines with 24 Democrats in favor, including Swalwell.
House Republicans pushed back on the anti-immigrant narrative, portraying the bills throughout the week as a way to crack down on criminals and local governments that protect them.
Steinle was walking with her father on Pier 14 next to the San Francisco Ferry Building when she was shot on July 1, 2015.
"It is unjust to penalize law enforcement and the citizens they serve because Congress disagrees with their enforcement priorities with respect to our nation's immigration laws".
"You know, when you look at the legislation you look at the penalties that are in place - you've got penalties that are a maximum 10 or 20 or 25 years for people that have committed felonies that have come into the country, and they are re-entering for the third time", Blackburn said. The bill now heads to the US Senate for approval. The bill would defund sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding Homeland Security and Justice Department grants from cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration law.