Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today released a video on its efforts to combat sanctuary cities and enhance public safety. This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004).
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), strengthens the law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. It also contains Sarah and Grant’s Law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for other dangerous crimes, are detained during their removal proceedings. Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), introduced by Chairman Goodlatte, protects public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States.
Below is a transcript of the video.
“Francisco Sanchez had some seven felonies on his record and had been deported multiple times before he fatally shot Kate Steinle.”
“Mejia was here illegally from Honduras, who was drunk and street racing, and then crashed into Sarah Root’s SUV.”
“Grant Ronnebeck was shot and killed by that man who was in the country illegally who had an extensive, violent criminal history.”
Chairman Bob Goodlatte:
The deaths of Kate, Sarah, Grant and too many others are tragic.
Their deaths are especially devastating since they could’ve been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced.
This week, Congress is addressing this public safety problem.
Our bills’ crack down on dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly put innocent lives at risk.
They keep our streets safe by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States and by ensuring unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, and arrested for other dangerous crimes, are detained and deported.
We have much work to do to make our immigration system work better for America, but these bills are a good first step.
To learn more about our work on immigration reform, visit judiciary.house.gov.