In another victory for President Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills taking aim at illegal immigration and sanctuary cities on Thursday.
Ahead of the House vote, the White House and GOP lawmakers warned failure to pass the motions would endanger public safety and harm national security.
House judiciary committee chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), sponsored both bills.
The first of the two bills, known as “Kate’s Law,” would subject illegal immigrants to more-vigorous penalties and imprisonment for repeated unlawful entry into the U.S.
Named for Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had re-entered the U.S. having been previously deported five times, passed with modest Democratic support, 257–167.
The second bill, the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” would effectively strip states and sanctuary cities which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in immigration matters of federal grant money.
The motion passed 229–197, with seven members of the GOP caucus defecting and three Democrats joining the majority.
Praising the bills’ passage, President Trump said:
“I applaud the House for passing two crucial measures to save and protect American lives. These were bills I campaigned on and that are vital to our public safety and national security.”
Both pieces of legislation now move to the Senate. Should the motions overcome upper chamber opposition, it is likely Mr. Trump will sign both measures into law.
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