Washington–Thursday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) joined the House of Representatives to pass two key pieces of legislation. H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, strengthens the law against dangerous sanctuary city polices that shield criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, increases penalties for deported felons who illegally return to the United States.
“These two bills take critical steps towards preventing dangerous criminals from illegally remaining in this country,” said Rep. Conaway. “Kate’s law is named after a young woman who was murdered by an illegal immigrant convicted of multiple felonies who had been deported five times. The legislation that bears her name will save future lives by keeping convicted criminals off our streets.
“Sanctuary cities harboring unlawful immigrants, like the one who killed Kate Steinle, put innocent lives at risk. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act combats dangerous ‘sanctuary city’ practices that shield illegal immigrants who have committed crimes from federal immigration enforcement. Strengthening these laws will ensure that our communities, our cities, and ultimately our country, remain safe for all.”