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Bill Johnson Votes for Two Immigration Enforcement Bills

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Washington, June 29, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3003 – No Sanctuary for Criminals Act; and, H.R. 3004 – Kate’s Law. Both pieces of bipartisan legislation would reform the broken immigration system and create tougher penalties for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds in the United States:
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3003 – No Sanctuary for Criminals Act; and, H.R. 3004 – Kate’s Law.  Both pieces of bipartisan legislation would reform the broken immigration system and create tougher penalties for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds in the United States:

“Today the House of Representatives took necessary action to address some of America’s most pressing immigration challenges."

“The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) would strengthen tools used to fight sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement, and would clarify the detainer authority used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain criminal aliens. This bill would also withhold federal grants from local jurisdictions that act as “Sanctuary Cities”, and allow victims of crime to sue jurisdictions that subsequently release criminal aliens onto the streets.  These grant funds will shift to states and localities that comply with federal law.

“Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) would increase penalties for deported immigrants that return to the United States. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was senselessly murdered two years ago in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant that had previously been deported five times and convicted of multiple felonies. The federal government’s first duty is to protect our citizens, and this bill will further empower law enforcement agencies to keep violent gangs and criminal cartels, like MS-13, out of our communities.

“We still have work to do, but both pieces of legislation I voted for today are important steps in the right direction as they begin the overdue overhaul of our broken immigration system.”

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