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Following Trump's 'Xenophobic' Playbook, House Passes Two Anti-Immigrant Bills

Following Trump's 'Xenophobic' Playbook, House Passes Two Anti-Immigrant Bills

President Donald Trump is urging the House to stiffen the punishment for people who re-enter the USA illegally and for "sanctuary" cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation forces.

Kate's Law would incrementally lengthen prison stays for deported criminal immigrants each time they re-entered the country illegally. Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on Pier 14 on July 1 as she walked with her father.

"Although people who illegally re-enter the country do so to reunite with their families, or to flee violence or persecution, this bill considers them all risky criminals who deserve lengthy prison sentences", Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler said during debate on "Kate's Law".

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national with seven felony convictions and who had been deported five times but had returned to the United States, killed Miss Steinle. "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".

The "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" would deny federal grant money to cities that limit who they turn over to immigration enforcement officials or hold in their jails for them.

Championing the victims of illegal-immigrant crime was a hallmark of Mr. Trump's presidential run, and he vowed Wednesday follow through by quickly signing the bills when they reach his desk. "Our police chiefs in San Antonio in Austin. they say that maintaining the trust and confidence of the immigrant community to report crime, to be witnesses concerning crime. that makes us all safer, immigrant and non-immigrant alike".

Check back for updates on this developing story. Those areas do, however, cooperate with ICE when immigrants are the subject of criminal warrants.

"Thank you Chairman Goodlatte, we appreciate your boldness in protecting the citizens of America with great legislation", he began. The poll found that by a slim majority, Californians oppose cities and counties flouting federal law by refusing to cooperate with federal authorities.

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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 risky criminal aliens to federal authorities". That bill was approved on a near party-line vote, 228-195.

The White House strongly supports both measures.

According to Univision, "The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had asked the authorities in San Francisco to arrest Sanchez, but the San Francisco police released him on the grounds that people who are in the country without authorization are delivered to immigration officers unless there is an arrest warrant".

On Wednesday, President Trump highlighted other cases during a White House meeting with more than a dozen families of people who had been victimized by illegal immigrants, including Jamiel Shaw Sr.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Thursday that sanctuary cities pose a threat to public safety.

Trump has put an emphasis on rooting out criminal immigrants from the USA since he's been in office, ramping up immigration enforcement capabilities under two executive orders, though the enforcement has made all undocumented immigrants vulnerable to action.

"For six years, we have been just getting by - cutting resources as the world becomes more risky, asking more and more of those who serve, and putting off the tough choices", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the House committee's chairman.