WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) voted for two bills to combat sanctuary cities and protect Americans from violent illegal immigrants who repeatedly reenter the country after deportation. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,H.R. 3003, would withhold federal grants from cities that harbor unlawful immigrants and refuse to adhere to federal deportation laws. Kate's Law,H.R. 3004 would toughen the punishment for illegal immigrants who reenter the country.
"Too many people have lost their lives at the hands of violent illegal immigrants who had been deported multiple times. The criminals found safety from deportation in a U.S. city doing more to protect them than its own American citizens. Their crimes are senseless, preventable and heartbreaking," said Congressman Rogers. "These bills improve our nation's immigration system, protect the American people and restore confidence in public safety in our own communities."
Kate's Law is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman who was shot in the back and killed by a seven-time felon and illegal alien who had been deported five times. He had taken refuge in San Francisco, a sanctuary city.
Both bills now head to the U.S. Senate for consideration.