International Gang MS-13 'Prime Target' in Pending House Immigration Bills

Saturday, 01 Jul, 2017

Despite opposition from Democrats, Speaker Ryan expects the Republican conference to approve both Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

A second bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

Kate's murder brought sanctuary cities to the forefront. 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.

The House passed this version of Kate's Law 257-167, mostly on party lines with 24 Democrats in favor, including Swalwell. These are cities that provide a safe haven for illegal immigrants.

"Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk", Trump said. The bill is named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by a man who was in the country illegally.

"Our job here is to make sure that those professionals have the tools that they need and the resources that they need to carry out their work and to protect our communities". It would increase the maximum penalties for undocumented immigrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally.

An executive order Trump signed shortly after his inauguration said that many undocumented immigrants "present a significant threat to national security and public safety", and prompted the creation of an office specifically to assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants. He reportedly told authorities that he had intentionally settled in San Francisco because it was a "sanctuary city".

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. That may not happen.

International Gang MS-13 'Prime Target' in Pending House Immigration Bills
International Gang MS-13 'Prime Target' in Pending House Immigration Bills

Kate's Law was heavily supported by then Fox News Anchor Bill O'Reilly who often called for a bi-partisan effort to pass the bill. "And the fact is that you have some cities and entities that have decided that they want to just do something outside of the law and say it's OK".

According to The Hill, Democrats plan to vote block against the sanctuary law, "but the presidency of the bench would have given freedom to decide on the 'Kate's Law'". Joe Donnelly, North Dakota Sen.

Menendez, a member of the bipartisan "gang of eight" that helped usher a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill through the Senate in 2013, acknowledged that while some Democrats chose to vote with Republicans on enforcement bills in the past, "many more did not". Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia Sen.

"President Trump is cracking down on immigration crime". In that environment, it makes it hard to imagine any additional Democrats shifting to side with Republicans. "Yet again, Congress is pushing an enforcement-only agenda that scapegoats and criminalizes immigrants and does nothing to advance the reform of our outdated immigration laws and ensure the safety of all our communities".

"Is the goal of our government to protect the American people first?"

Her announcement comes at the end of a 15-month tour throughout Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand.

"Members believe that that's pretty serious business, [and] I agree with that".