Two bills to tighten anti-immigrant measures passed by US House


He's ratcheting up the heat on the Obama-appointed holdovers in lower courts and their local political allies who stymie his efforts to stanch the flow of illegals across US borders and to deport those who come here and commit serious crimes.

AILA, which profits from a booming illegal alien population in the USA, says both immigration bills would "erode our nation's bedrock constitutional principles" by merely cracking down of criminal illegal aliens.

Trump praised the passage of the bill in the House, and sought to expedite the passage of the law in the Senate. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Fox and Friends a vote on the two bills would come this week.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed "Kate's Law", a bill inspired by the 2015 shooting death of Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle on a San Francisco pier by an oft-deported undocumented immigrant with a history of criminal convictions. This would include an option for the federal government to withhold law enforcement grants to those jurisdictions who refuse to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, a request made by ICE for local authorities to hold an individual they are seeking for up to 48 hours.

HR 3004 would also create a new maximum prison sentence of 10 years for an immigrant caught illegally entering the country after three or more previous deportations. "We will no longer look the other way in the interior, either". Almost half of those, he said, were charged with crimes or "had gang affiliations".

"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.

"For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and spread of sanctuary policies have cost too many lives", said Goodlatte, according to The Washington Post.

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

In a speech Wednesday on the House floor, San Antonio Democrat Lloyd Doggett argued that it would undermine public safety to put local police into the service of immigration authorities, diminishing their trust within immigrant communities. The study, published this month in the Annual Review of Criminology, examined 51 studies published between 1994 and 2014. He mentioned Steinle in a speech, and anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric was a hallmark of Trump's 2016 campaign. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the USA illegally. "So we have to take steps", Wilson-Root said.

The bills still need to be approved by the Senate, where many analysts believe both will be defeated.

Kate's Law has been introduced before and failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate past year. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, failed on a 55-to-42 vote.

"Congress can do its part to help end these policies by passing the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate's Law, two bills that would make all Americans safer", Sessions said in the statement.

Democrats and human rights advocates warned that the bill could lead to prosecution even of asylum seekers who present themselves at the border ― something that is not now illegal ― after being previously deported. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said.

"You talk to the families who have been adversely affected by that, it is a wrenching experience", he said Tuesday morning. "And so perhaps being asked questions and a follow-up question seems threatening to him, but that's the democratic way".