WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) today voted to advance two measures designed to improve the enforcement of America’s immigration laws and enhance public safety. H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, strengthens current law to combat reckless sanctuary cities that shield unlawful, criminal aliens from federal immigration enforcement. H.R. 3003 will also empower the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stem the flow of taxpayer dollars into cities and municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration protocol. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, establishes stricter penalties for any illegal alien who has been denied entry or attempts to re-enter the United States after deportation. This bill is named in memory of Kathryn Steinle, the San Francisco woman who was murdered in 2015 by an illegal immigrant with seven felony convictions who was deported five times, but unlawfully re-entered the country each time.
“Rampant illegal immigration is one of the many problems that I came to Washington to address,” said Congressman Hice. “Sanctuary cities provide asylum for repeat-offender criminal illegal aliens who dangerously roam our communities without fear of deportation. These policies obstruct federal law, needlessly endanger public safety, and have led to the untimely deaths of many innocent Americans.”
“Today, the House took major strides toward enforcing the law of the land and protecting American communities with the passage of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law,” Hice continued. “As we have seen, there are real public safety risks and tragic consequences that arise when misguided cities refuse to enforce federal law. America is built upon the hard work of immigrants who came before us, and we encourage those who wish to follow in their footsteps to come – but to come legally. Simply put, we have the duty to ensure that those new arrivals are not here to harm our citizens, and I will never waver from my firm commitment to defend our border and enforce the rule of law.”