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What Is Kate's Law? Trump Urges Congress To Pass Immigration Bills

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President Donald Trump is urging the House to pass legislation that would stiffen punishments on people who re-enter the US illegally and for "sanctuary" jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation forces. The bill increases mandatory penalties for illegal aliens who re-enter the US after being deported.

Kate Steinle, right, was shot and killed on July 1, 2015 near San Francisco's Pier 14 by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. It is named for Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who was deported multiple times and had multiple felony convictions on their record. Federal agents requested that San Francisco keep him in detention due to his undocumented status but because San Francisco is a sanctuary city, it ignored those requests and released him.

On Thursday, the House passed HR 3004, known as "Kate's Law", which would impose mandatory minimum sentences on previously removed illegal immigrants who return to the United States.

In comments picked up by the national media, Collins reminded everyone of an observation made by one of the country's founding fathers - John Adams - who said this country is "a nation of laws and not men".

The House voted 228-195 to pass the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" that would withhold some federal grants to so-called "sanctuary city" jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. Opponents of the policy maintain that sanctuary cities make communities less safe and decrease employment prospects for American citizens.

On Thursday, the House passed two new anti-immigrant bills: Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

"Unlawful immigrants who break the law should be turned over to federal authorities", Lance said. We're actually liberating towns, if you can believe that we have to do that in the United States of America. Boston city officials said the Trust Act does not run afoul of federal immigration laws, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lists Boston as one of five Bay State sanctuary jurisdictions, along with Somerville, Cambridge, Northampton and Amherst. Previously deported illegal aliens who re-enter the US can face up to 2 years in prison, while those with criminal records who re-enter the country can face up to 25 years, depending on the nature of prior convictions.

If they pass the GOP-controlled House, both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

He met people the White House identifies as "immigration crime victims" on Wednesday as part of a push for passage of two pieces of legislation he said would cut down on the number of gang members, drug dealers and terrorists in the US.

"This would have a chilling effect on how victims and witnesses from immigrant communities in San Diego cooperate with law enforcement, which is a hindrance to stopping crime and threatens public safety", Peters said. The bill is consistent with the Administration's broader efforts to strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws and improve the security of our Nation's borders.

"It's time to support our police to protect our families and to save American lives and also to start getting smart", Mr. Trump said.

Contains Sarah and Grant's law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other unsafe crimes are detained during removal proceedings and not released back onto the street.

The bills prompted sharp attacks by Democrats, who said the legislation would have a deleterious effect on public safety and would ramp up fear among law-abiding immigrants.

The bill's sponsor, Virginia congressman Bob Goodlatte, seeks to address that issue through another bill that also passed today.