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Conrad Doyle | 30 June, 2017, 22:53

In largely party-line votes, the House passed two bills Thursday meant to allow for stronger punishments for people who have entered the US illegally and to take federal funding away from "sanctuary cities" that do not enforce federal immigration laws.

"I voted for Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act because, for far too long, the lack of immigration enforcement and unsafe sanctuary city policies throughout our country have failed the American people and cost too many lives". The other measure would increase criminal penalties for people who illegally re-enter the US after being deported or convicted of certain felonies.

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.

President Donald Trump took to social media after the vote to encourage members of the upper chamber to quickly pass the legislation.

"I'm calling on all lawmakers to put the safety of American families first".

The statement contrasts with Trump's frequent insistence that immigrants living in the country illegally present a public safety threat to Americans, and his insinuations that illegal immigration and crime are linked.

But surrounded by lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday, Trump framed the immigration bills pending before Congress as a way to liberate towns across the United States from undocumented "bad people".

A Senate version of the bill failed to pass in 2016.

"Unfortunately, California has chosen to go down a path of seeking to ignore federal law, which I fear would further endanger law-abiding citizens like Kate", Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista said. The crux of their arguments is that federal detainer orders bring about a number of unintended consequences that cause harm to the cities and counties in which the targeted immigrants reside.

The so-called No Sanctuary for Criminals Act proposes to block federal grant money to sanctuary cities that do not work with federal immigration authorities to process criminal illegal aliens, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

Supporters of more restrictive immigration laws argued that the Mexican citizen charged with Steinle's murder shouldn't have received such a lenient sentence for violating USA immigration laws (and, separately, that San Francisco shouldn't have released him in defiance of federal authorities). "But by passing these bills, we can prevent these crimes from happening to other families". Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), would also allow victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants the ability to sue sanctuary cities if they "released the alien from custody prior to the commission of such crime as a outcome of the State or political subdivision's declining to honor a detainer".

The sanctuary measure follows "a simple principle that if you're going to receive taxpayer dollars from the federal government to keep people safe, that you've got to follow the law and keep them safe", Goodlatte said.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, said the bills would hurt local law enforcement and undermine San Diego's community policing strategy.

Read: Undocumented Immigrants Taking Jobs From US Citizens?

President Trump called the bill's passage "good news" in a tweet, adding "House just passed #KatesLaw".

"We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. It is a bait-and-switch strategy: Use a frightful tragedy to sell a policy that would not have prevented that death, so that you put more immigrants in jail for longer periods of time".

"These crimes committed by illegal immigrant criminals are preventable", said Ronnebeck.

In the first 100 days after President Trump signed Executive Orders on immigration enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seen almost 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time previous year.

"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 unsafe criminals who deserve lengthy prison sentences", Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler said during debate on "Kate's Law".

He said at least 10,000 of these gang members are estimated to be in 40 states today and they tend to be concentrated in places that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

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