(Gillette, Wyo.) Wyoming Congressman Liz Cheney released a statement in a press release yesterday, June 29th, concerning two new immigration bills passed by the House. One bill is designed to significantly increase the penalties for crimes committed by illegal immigrants. The second bill is intended to reduce the ability of any U.S. city or state to create a “sanctuary city” by withholding federal grant money from those cities known to enact policies that work against federal immigration authorities.
According to the press release, Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) seeks to protect the public as it increases the maximum prison sentence of any illegal immigrant who has committed a felony, is deported from U.S. borders, and illegally returns to the U.S. Kate’s Law was named for Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, a 32-year-old woman from San Francisco, California, who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant on July 1st, 2015. Her killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had previously been deported multiple times and had, up to the day of the shooting, been confined in federal prison.
Lopez-Sanchez was expedited to San Francisco to face further charges of drug possession. San Francisco, a city notorious for its lax immigration laws, released Sanchez, neglecting to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the prisoner’s release.
No Sanctuary for Criminal’s Act (H.R. 3003), the press release informs, was created for the sole purpose of slashing any U.S. city’s ability to become a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants by passing into law a massive reduction in federal funding aimed at any city that refuses to cooperate with ICE officials. Also known as Sarah and Grant’s Law, named for Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck, both of whom were killed by illegal immigrants, H.R. 3003 serves to protect any city that does comply with ICE officials from any lawsuit that may arise as a result of their compliance. In an effort to avoid repeat incidents like that of Steinle, Root, and Ronnebeck, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act increases the likelihood of an illegal immigrant being detained after being charged with a crime that causes death or serious injury.
Cheney shared her support of both bills in yesterday’s press release…
“I was proud to support the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law as they passed the House today. We are a nation of laws and we must ensure we enforce those laws,” Cheney declared. “H.R. 3003 will ensure that cities and states are held to account for defying federal immigration laws and H.R. 3004 will enhance prison sentences for illegal aliens who have previously committed crimes and then illegally re-enter our country. No family should ever have to face the tragedy Kate Steinle’s family has. I look forward to continued work with my colleagues in the House to address these problems and strengthen our immigration system.”
In a White House Statement from President Donald J. Trump on House Passage of Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, President Trump said, “Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk. I am calling on all lawmakers to vote for these bills and to save American lives.”