Tougher immigration policies face first major legislative test of Trump era

Thankfully Kate’s Law passed in the House today, which will make it easier to punish illegal immigrants who come here more than once after being deported. Hopefully this will help deter illegal immigrants from crossing back over and committing crimes against US citizens. 

In addition, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act  passed the House today as well. While there are many things I disagree with Trump on, his immigration policies, many which were proposed by Ted Cruz, are policies I can support because they deal with protecting our borders, protecting Americans and national security.

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President Trump meets with families that were victimized by immigrants at the White House on Wednesday, the day before the House takes up two bills that would toughen immigration enforcement. 

An official with the said the House bills are “riddled with constitutional violations that completely disregard the civil and human rights of immigrants.”

Trump and Attorney Jeff Sessions have denounced such efforts. But a federal judge in April temporarily blocked the administration’s effort to withhold federal grants from such cities, ruling that only Congress had such authority over spending matters.

 The president’s involvement has brought the pace of this up, and we’re doing it this week because he wants it to happen,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a fierce advocate for strict immigration laws who co-sponsored the bills set to be passed Thursday. “The members are ready for it, too.”

The president’s focus on immigration, a day after Republican leaders in the Senate postponed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, illustrated the White House’s eagerness to get back onto comfortable footing. Trump has consistently employed strong rhetoric to paint immigrants — both those in the country illegally and some who arrive through legal channels — as potentially dangerous.

“You lost the people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” Trump told the families in the Cabinet Room. “For years, the pundits, journalists, politicians in Washington refused to hear your voices, but on Election Day 2016 your voices were heard all across the entire world. No one died in vain, I can tell you that.”

Appearing with families that were victimized by immigrants, Trump called on lawmakers to “honor grieving American families” by sending the “lifesaving measures” to his desk quickly. The House action marks the first major legislative test of tougher immigration laws under Trump, who has tried to impose sweeping executive orders to limit immigration and ramp up enforcement.

President Trump on Wednesday highlighted what he called the dangers posed by illegal immigrants ahead of important House votes on two bills aimed at cracking down on those who commit crimes and cities that refuse to help deport them.

At the daily White House press briefing, Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and John W. Huber, the lead federal law enforcement official in Utah, took the podium to update reporters on the administration’s efforts to arrest and deport immigrants.

Homan added that the other bill, focusing on sanctuary cities, would ban any municipal restrictions on cooperating with federal immigration agents or any restrictions on allowing law enforcement officers to inquire about a person’s immigration status.

“It also sends a message to the judicial branch, to the judges, that the more that these people commit crimes in their communities, the more often they come back, the more serious the penalties will be,” Huber said.

Kate’s Law, Huber said, would send a message that apprehending and punishing immigrants who repeatedly return to the country after being deported is a priority.

Some Democrat-controlled state legislatures and city governments, including in California, have vigorously opposed Trump’s efforts to impose penalties on sanctuary cities. Some have passed statutes forbidding the jurisdictions from using public funds to support some federal immigration enforcement efforts.

 

 

 

Source Washington Post

 

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