Today the House passed two bills to protect public safety by strengthening penalties for deported felons who return to the United States illegally and combating sanctuary policies that allow criminals to go free. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate's Law (H.R. 3004) will keep dangerous criminals off the street and prevent future tragedies.
"We've seen too many stories of innocent people victimized by illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal records," said McKinley. "These criminals are free to roam the streets due to lax enforcement of immigration laws and dangerous sanctuary policies."
Kate's Law is named for Kate Steinle, a woman who was murdered in San Francisco in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had already been deported five times and had previously been convicted of multiple felonies.
"The pain over the tragic deaths of Kate Steinle and other victims is amplified by the fact that their deaths could have been avoided," said McKinley. "While we can't bring her back, we can prevent these tragic crimes from happening in the future."
"America is a nation of laws, and it's vital that public safety not be subverted in order to make a political statement," said McKinley. "These two bills are a step to restoring faith in our broken immigration system."
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act:
* Clarifies that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have the authority to issue detainers, which are used to hold criminal aliens in local jails.
* Withholds federal grants to communities that violate the law by refusing to communicate with ICE.
* Allows victims to sue cities and counties that have sanctuary policies that result in dangerous criminals being freed.
* Ensures that illegal aliens convicted of drunk driving or arrested for dangerous crimes can be detained while their deportation proceedings are ongoing.
* Strengthens penalties for deported felons who return to the United States illegally.