The House passed two immigration reforms today, marking a first big step towards a pro-American national immigration policy, despite strong Democratic opposition.
Donald Trump applauded the passage of “Kate’s Law,” which allows judges to impose tough sentences on illegal immigrants who return after being deported. The bill was named after Kate Steinle, who was killed in California by an illegal immigrant in 2015.
The second bill, “The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” allows federal agency officials to block some funding for cities which refuse to cooperate in the enforcement of immigration laws.
President Donald Trump applauded the bill:
Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa touted passage of the bills:
Fixing our broken immigration system starts by securing our border and enforcing our laws … Two years ago, Kate Steinle died needlessly at the hands of a criminal alien repeatedly deported and convicted of numerous felonies. Her death is made all the more devastating given how preventable it was, had our immigration laws been enforced. Sanctuary policies send a message that, in some of our communities, federal law can be ignored without penalty, and only make our broken immigration system even worse. Unfortunately, California has chosen to go down a path of seeking to ignore federal law, which I fear would further endanger law-abiding citizens like Kate. Passing these bills will help prevent future tragedies and take an important step in making our communities safer.
Immigration reform groups, including NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, are also rallying Americans to pressure GOP and Democratic legislators for additional legislation, such as the Davis-Oliver bill, and for passage of the bills through the Senate.