WASHINGTON — House Republicans approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.
One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, and a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally.
The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, and the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. Arkansas’ delegation of four Republicans voted for the sanctuary measure, as did three Democrats and all but seven Republicans. Meanwhile, 24 Democrats backed the deportee bill. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan was the only Republican who opposed the deportee bill.
The bills now go to the Senate.
Trump, who often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, hailed passage of the House bills and urged the Senate to act to “save American lives.” Trump met at the White House this week with more than a dozen family members of those killed by people in the country illegally.
“Opposing these bills, and allowing dangerous criminals back into our communities, our schools and the neighborhoods where our children play, puts all of us at risk,” Trump said.
One of the bills, known as “Kate’s Law,” would impose harsher prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States. The bill is named after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by a man who was in the country illegally. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who pleaded innocent to the…
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