(Washington, D.C.) Today, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for H.R. 3003 the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and for H.R. 3004 Kate’s Law. Both measures passed the House.
“No American family should have to face the horror and devastation that was faced by the Steinle family when their daughter, Kate, was killed by a repeat-offender felon who had been previously deported,” said Dent. “Likewise, American families should not be put at risk because their city or town has told local law enforcement officials not to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other federal agencies. Both H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004 promote sensible actions to address such public safety concerns. Measures such as these will seek to prevent tragedies like Kate’s murder and ensure that violent individuals are not free to roam the streets of our communities.”
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) enhances public safety by clarifying the detainer authority of ICE and by providing legal protections for jurisdictions that properly comply with such detainers. Additionally, the bill would withhold certain federal grants from jurisdictions that refuse to allow their law enforcement personnel to communicate with ICE.
H.R. 3003 also contains provisions that would require the detention of unlawful immigrants who are convicted of serious crimes. These provisions are referred to as Sarah and Grant’s Law, in memory of Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck. Both were killed by individuals unlawfully in the country. Tonight, H.R. 3003 passed by a vote of 228 – 195.
Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) is named in memory of Kate Steinle. In 2015, Kate was viciously murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had previously been convicted of multiple felonies and deported five times. H.R. 3004 substantially increases the criminal penalties for deported individuals who re-enter the country and who have been convicted of previous crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. H.R. 3004 passed the House by a vote of 257 – 167.
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