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Two immigration bills clear House, polarize San Diego's delegation

Two immigration bills clear House, polarize San Diego's delegation

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed two measures on Thursday targeting sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the US illegally.

The bill was named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down while she strolled along San Francisco's Pier 14 with her father. "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.

"You lost people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws and that's including the existing immigration laws", Trump told more than a dozen people gathered in the White House Cabinet Room.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said "Kate's Law" would not have had an impact on the Steinle case, noting that Steinle was killed in July 2015 by an immigrant who had been mistakenly released by the federal Bureau of Prisons. "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".

Republicans relentlessly hammered a message of restoring "rule of law" Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the vote, highlighting crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and attacking sanctuary cities for lax policies they blame for the crimes.

Surrounded by family members of people killed by illegal immigrants, President Trump urged Congress on Wednesday to pass two bills that would crack down on illegal-immigrant criminals and sanctuary cities.

Check back for updates on this developing story. "We have laws. We are a nation of laws", she told TheDCNF. It restricts funding to "sanctuary" jurisdictions-those with policies that protect undocumented immigrants, such as refusing to detain them for immigration authorities without a warrant.

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"Additionally", he added, "the House will pass the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" as well". Both panels approved plans late Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins October 1 The House committee calls for $696 billion in defense spending for 2018 while its Senate counterpart demands $700 billion.

"The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act", the White House said in a statement. "What causes people to not report crime is that they are fearful that nothing's going to be done and then somebody will seek retribution on them". This will guarantee local police the ability to work with immigration agents, stopping lawsuits against local jurisdictions that cooperate with Homeland Security.

That's not a surprise, given that the Trump administration has gone beyond targeting immigrants with criminal histories for deportations as well. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the offense would also apply to people who request entry because they are seeking protection from sex trafficking or persecution, or those who ask for humanitarian parole to donate organs to relatives who are US citizens.

If signed into law, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would allow Trump to crack down on sanctuary cities, which he vowed to do in a January executive order.

Lawmakers supporting the legislation, majority Republicans, warned of threats to public safety and national security posed by immigration problems. The measure would impose tougher mandatory minimum prison sentences on people who re-enter the country without authorization and boost penalties for those convicted of other crimes.

"The ultimate experts on community safety are communities themselves, and hundreds of them have determined that as community trust increases, crime decreases", said Rep, John Conyers, D-Mich., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

"Instead of criminalizing and scapegoating immigrants, Congress should be offering workable comprehensive reforms that actually strengthen our economy and national security", Menendez said.

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