Trump Pushes for Passage of Pair of Illegal Immigration Bills

 

President Trump pushed Wednesday (June 28th) for the passage of two House bills on illegal immigration that are up for a vote today, highlighting them by meeting at the White House with several people who had family members killed by people who were in the country illegally.

One of the bills would impose tougher mandatory minimum prison sentences on people who re-enter the U.S. after having already been deported, with stronger penalty increases for those who'd been convicted of non-immigration-related crimes. The measure is called "Kate's Law," named after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot in 2015 by a man who was in the U.S. illegally.

The other bill targets "sanctuary cities" by blocking states and cities that refuse to share information about illegal immigrants with immigration authorities from getting some Justice Department and Homeland Security Department grants, including some related to law enforcement and terrorism. Places that could be affected include cities like New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and the state of California.

Trump said the two bills would close, quote, "dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals, gang members, drug dealers, killers, terrorists." However, Lorella Praeli, the American Civil Liberties Union's director of immigration policy, said they would instead, quote, "make our communities less safe by undermining the trust that law enforcement builds with its communities -- citizen and immigrant alike."

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