House passes pair of immigration bills, but can they pass the Senate?
By Brian Seay
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a pair of bills aimed at stiffening penalties for undocumented immigrants as well as the so-called sanctuary cities that shield them.
Kate’s Law passed 257-167, while the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act passed 228-195. But onlookers say the bills have an uphill battle in the Senate.
Kate’s Law is so named for Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was allegedly shot and killed by a Mexican national in San Francisco, a sanctuary city, nearly two years ago. Authorities say Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez stole the .40-caliber handgun used to shoot Steinle from a Bureau of Land Management agent.
In recent months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pointed out that Lopez-Sanchez had been deported several times before Steinle’s murder. “Just eleven weeks before the shooting, San Francisco had released Sanchez from its custody, even though ICE had filed a detainer requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up for removal,” Sessions said in March.
In an op-ed this week pushing for both bills, Sessions doubled down on his condemnation of sanctuary cities.
“The practices of these jurisdictions are not only contrary to sound policy; they’re contrary to the law enforcement cooperation that is carried out