House Passes Two Immigration Bills Ahead of July 4 Recess

A sit-in in New Haven in defense of local immigrants

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.

Steinle was walking with her father on Pier 14 next to the San Francisco Ferry Building when she was shot on July 1, 2015.

The man charged with Steinle's murder, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was a seven-time felon and an illegal alien who had been deported five times. "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.

However, the Washington Post Fact Checker on June 26 quoted White House spokesman Steven Cheung as saying the president was right to say "we are moving them out of the country by the thousands", because Operation Community Shield has resulted in "more than 4,300 criminal arrests and almost 3,000 civil immigration arrests of MS-13 leaders, members and associates".

Kate's Law ― named for Kate Steinle, who was killed in 2015, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported ― would also likely lead to lengthier detention. "The illegal immigrants who committed these violent crimes should not have been present in this country, and certainly should not have been walking around free".

"For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and spread of sanctuary policies have cost too many lives", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteHouse passes "Kate's Law" and bill targeting sanctuary cities Homeland Security Secretary touts immigration bills The House can bolster immigration enforcement by passing two bills MORE (R-Va.), the author of both bills.

Both bills would fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises if they became law, but the Senate has killed similar legislation and is unlikely to be able to reach the 60-vote requirement to pass the bills.

And the laws vilify immigrants and make communities more risky, Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego said.

As of June 29, the House of Representatives had passed a bill devised to toughen measures against illegal aliens with a criminal past, and the cities that harbor them.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Here's why that is not possible: Danielle Bennett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told us in an email for our earlier story that so far in fiscal year 2017 - from October 1, 2016, to June 4, 2017 - ICE has removed 2,798 gang members. "So we have to take steps", Wilson-Root said. The National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to House leaders saying that while they believe state and local law enforcement should cooperate with their federal counterparts, they are opposed to any legislation that withholds federal funding from law enforcement programs.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. The Sanctuary bill reduce the amount of Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security grant funds available for jurisdictions those found to have "sanctuary policies" that the administration says violate federal law.

The bigger danger is Sessions' willingness to turn the DOJ into a White House surrogate.

Sanctuary city proponents have argued that allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in their communities without fear of deportation allows them to economically contribute as well as feel comfortable enough to report crimes to the police.

Several studies have found that immigrants illegally entering the USA are actually less likely to commit crimes than native US citizens.

Further, a research published by the Pew Centre published April 10 shows that the Federal law agencies are making more arrests in immigrant-related offenses than other crimes - including drug, property, and gun crimes - than they were a decade ago.

President Trump's policies have already had an impact, with 64 percent fewer apprehensions and inadmissible entries at the southwest border compared to the same time previous year.

House Democrats said the bills were part of an anti-immigrant push by the Trump administration. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) missed the vote but said he would have voted yes.

This announcement comes as Tom Homan, Acting Director of ICE, met with President Donald Trump and the families of victims killed by illegal immigrants for a round-table discussion yesterday.

Hoyer said the GOP proposal has flaws -- particularly as it relates to those immigrants seeking asylum -- and he lamented the closed process that prevents Democrats from offering amendments. "We can not allow the Trump Administration to continue scapegoating immigrants", he said.

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