Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives approved two key bills aimed at cracking down on certain aspects of illegal immigration within the United States.
The first bill approved is “Kate’s Law,” named in honor of Kate Steinle, who was killed in 2015 in San Francisco by an illegal alien with five prior deportations. The bill, which will enforce tougher sentencing against illegal alien criminals who have been deported and re-entered the U.S. illegally multiple times.
The second bill blocks federal grants to “sanctuary” cities that release dangerous criminal aliens back into the streets and limit cooperation with immigration officials.
Both bills passed along party line votes.
Kate’s Law passed 257-167, and the sanctuary city bill passed 228-195.
Pro-immigrant congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was not happy about the passage of either bill. “These bills are nothing new and they are not really about immigration or fighting crime,” Gutierrez said during the debate. “They are about racial profiling and putting Latinos, quote unquote, in our place.”
Gutierrez went on a rant in defense of the illegal aliens before the House voted:
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) June 29, 2017
“These bills are vital to public safety and national security,” President Trump said Thursday, during a speech at the Energy Department.
“I’m calling on all lawmakers to put the safety of American families first. Let’s pass these bills through the House, through the Senate, and send them to my desk. I will give them the fastest approval, the fastest signature, that you have ever seen,” he added.
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