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House to Vote on Illegal Immigration Bills Thursday

by Countable | 6.28.17

The House will vote on two bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration Thursday, putting one of President Donald Trump’s signature issues in the spotlight before Congress adjourns for its Fourth of July recess.

First up on the House’s docket will be the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which would withhold federal law enforcement grants from cities & states that have declared themselves sanctuaries for unauthorized immigrants by not assisting the federal government in enforcing immigration law. It would also establish probable cause standards for detainer requests issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as some sanctuary jurisdictions only honor detainers if there’s probable cause. Sanctuary jurisdictions would be exposed to lawsuits filed by the victims of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants after the jurisdiction released them from custody.

It also contains a section entitled Sarah and Grant’s Law that prohibits unauthorized immigrants convicted of drunk driving or charged with violent crimes from being released on bond while they wait for their deportation hearings. The provision is named after Sarah Root, who was killed by a drunk driving unauthorized immigrant who was subsequently released on bond, escaped, and is still at large; and Grant Ronneback, who was murdered by a convicted felon who was free on bond while awaiting deportation proceedings.

The second bill on Thursday’s agenda will be Kate’s Law, which has been a part of Trump’s immigration policy platform since he first released his campaign’s 10-point plan last year. Kate’s Law would allow for the enhancement of criminal sentences meted out to unauthorized immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the U.S. Punishments would be progressively harsher for unauthorized immigrants who have been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies, based on the severity of their offense. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francsico (a sanctuary city) by an unauthorized immigrant who’d been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies.

Whether either proposal will attract the support of Democrats in the House remains unclear, as neither bill received a committee vote before it was brought to the floor, but votes in the Senate last year on similar proposals were contested along party lines.

Tell your reps whether they should support or oppose Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act using the Take Action button.

— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Immigration and Customs Enforcement / Public Domain)

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  • SmilingCat
    06/28/2017
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    There are multiple studies that show sanctuary cities are actually safer. Immigrants also make up a large part of the workforce and provide vital contributions to our economy. This bill appears to take measures and lay the foundation for an authoritarian "police state" in the US. Grants for law enforcement funding should not be withheld and a "deportation force” should not be used to storm and forcibly enter homes, churches, schools and businesses to round-up and detain undocumented immigrants. A police state is not the answer. Both bills seem to feed fear and aggression towards immigrants rather than trying to solve a real problem.

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  • Kevin
    06/28/2017
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    Neither of the bills listed here do anything but increase xenophobic and paranoid hatred towards immigrants. While I agree that people who are convicted of felonies and are undocumented should be deported (as was the case in the Obama Administration), this bill goes beyond that and targets people who have committed no felonies and are simply living here and working, as well as cities that recognize this. Furthermore, these bills conflate The destructive notion that somehow undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a higher rate than people who are documented, which is nonsense... Not to mention the insane notion that drunk driving and murder are somehow undocumented immigration problems rather than problems with murder and drunk driving. These two bills are nothing more than another attempt to villainize people coming here from other countries, regardless of whether or not they have committed any crimes against others.

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  • Maggie
    06/28/2017
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    We need an amnesty law. Our xenophobic legislators are blinded by fear. The undocumented residents in my county are hardworking, family friendly, good hombres. They are paying taxes and they are a positive addition to my community. Open your hearts and welcome in your neighbors. No need to criminalize good folks. Wash there feet. That is what Pope Francis did.

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  • Nancy
    06/28/2017
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    These laws are simply used to fan the flames of hate and intolerance. They serve no useful purpose.

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  • NewSouth
    06/28/2017
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    It is unfair to penalize states for being a sanction state. Everything else you want to give it back to the states why not this?

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  • Mancos
    06/28/2017
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    It is notable that Sessions is now steering the definition of "violent crimes." Vote no. I don't wish to live in a place that historians may compare to other infamous "police states." As we are culturally diverse already, soon we may be forced to have a chip in our bodies to prove we have American citizenship.

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  • Kevin
    06/28/2017
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    It doesn't matter if there are studies that sanctuary cities are ' safer' or illegals contribute to the society. They are illegally here and therefore criminals in America.

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  • Profwolfe
    06/28/2017
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    Please vote against these two immigration bills. We should not take money away from sanctuary cities. It is absurd that we have to have sanctuary cities but with 45s horrendous immigration policies we must fight back. Also please vote against Kate's Law. Just because a person wants a better life or is fleeing from violence that does not mean we should punish them. Instead we should offer acceptance into this country so they can become productive citizens.

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  • Duane
    06/28/2017
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    Defund the "OutLaw cities !!!

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  • Kyle
    06/28/2017
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    It's hard to believe that after all of this time these idiots still do not know the difference between an immigrant and an illegal immigrant. WE KNOW EVERYONE IS AN IMMIGRANT!!! Stop stating the obvious. We are not talking about immigrants we are talking about ILLEGAL immigrants! It really isn't that complicated of a concept to understand yet many do not. This truly shows how political terminology can control the public.

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  • Karen
    06/28/2017
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    A police state is not the answer! Don't let them play on your fears! A murder, drunk driving, and crime problem is not specific to illegal immigrants! We can't make them live in fear here or they won't cooperate with local law enforcement when they are trying to make our streets and daily lives safer! Reform immigration and help these contributing members of our society become legal citizens! Not live in fear!

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  • Kathryn
    06/28/2017
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    Quit wasting time and leave sanctuary cities alone. You've got much bigger fish to fry coming up with a socially responsible. budget and a real job-creating infrastructure plan without privatization! Get some REAL work done!

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  • Dave
    06/28/2017
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    Every dollar of Federal government monies should be taken back from the cities and states who fail to follow the federal immigration laws❗️Hello, these people are ILLEGAL ALIENS and they should be deported ASAP❗️The vote seeking progressive liberal sycophants/legislators like those representing voters in Oregon are supporting their own agenda's not the people they represent...sad but true😡❗️remember all they want is power and control so they buy votes by supporting Illegal immigrants❗️

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  • Kelly
    06/28/2017
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    Are we a sovereign nation or not? No sanctuary cities. No illegals. We're all paying for these people. Come in the front door... like my ancestors did. If they were sick, they either went to the on-site hospital or were turned away. They had to prove they would not be a burden on our society.

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  • MarkYukhimets
    06/28/2017
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    Only legal immigrants shows the prove to improve economy, there shouldn't be any place or hide out for criminals and corrupted illegal. Sanctions cities are not safe never were never will because of traitorous politicians who benefit from it. Federal law should not allow it and should ban all subsidies and support to the state that dose not comply.

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  • Jim
    06/28/2017
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    Please vote against the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. It has a very misleading title. We need our local police enforcing local laws, not spending their time playing ICE deputies.

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  • Robert
    06/28/2017
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    Vote no on immigration bills. Stand for compassion and reason not bigotry.

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  • Diane
    06/28/2017
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    Please opposes this bill as it is unethical and cruel

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  • Joy
    06/28/2017
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    We need to crack down on the White House.

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  • Neil
    06/28/2017
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    There's no reason to defund cities with a more progressive view on immigration than the nation right now. Maybe this is one area the federal government could take a cue from states and cities that have done a better job with immigration.

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