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Rep. Tom Graves Fights to End Sanctuary Cities

Washington, June 29, 2017 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) this week voted for and the House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate's Law (H.R. 3004). Both bills address sanctuary cities, which are cities that refuse to follow federal immigration law and harbor illegal immigrants.

“America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens. But in certain cities across the country, people who came here illegally, including criminals, are given refuge. Not only does this practice erode the rule of law, it puts Americans at risk, such as Kathryn Steinle who was murdered by an illegal immigrant and seven-time convicted felon while walking with her father on a pier in San Francisco. These bills will help us end sanctuary cities and prevent more horrific crimes.”

H.R. 3003 strengthens current laws aimed at preventing sanctuary cities, cuts off certain federal grants for cities that have sanctuary policies, and mandates illegal immigrants arrested for drunk driving and other dangerous crimes are held by law enforcement during their removal proceedings.

H.R. 3004, which is named after Kathryn Steinle, stiffens penalties for deported felons who return to the Unites States. 


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