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House Passes Kate's Law & "Sanctuary City" Bill

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The House of Representatives today passed Kate's Law, H.R. 3004, toughening penalties against deported aliens who illegally reenter the county.  Text is here.  Section-by-section summary is here.  The vote was mostly on party lines, although 24 Democrats voted yes and 1 Republican voted no.

The House also passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, H.R. 3003, confirming the interpretation of existing law announced during the Obama Administration that cities that illegally forbid their employees to exchange information with immigration authorities are not eligible for Byrne grants, and it expands the ineligibility to "any other grant administered by the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security that is substantially related to law enforcement, terrorism, national security, immigration, or naturalization."  Text is here.  Section-by-section summary is here.  My prior post on the "sanctuary city" case is here.

The bill creates a private right of action for victims of crimes committed by persons released by state and local governments that refuse to honor detainers against those governments.  As to states, that raises an interesting sovereign immunity question.

This bill passed on a more partisan basis, with only 3 Democrats voting yes and 7 Republicans voting no.

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~ From the heart of the swamp speaks the ranking creature from the black lagoon:

-| FLOOR STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE JOHN CONYERS, JR. IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3004 “KATE’S LAW” |-
Jun 29, 2017

Ranking Member Conyers:
”Members of the House, H.R. 3004 is an anti-immigrant, enforcement-only proposal that represents yet another step in President Trump’s Mass Deportation plan. ..
For the first time, this legislation would make it a felony for an individual who has been previously removed ..
Finally, this bill perpetuates the fiction that immigrants are somehow inherently criminal. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

https://youtu.be/EULmhL-075k
~ Now I support this even more.

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