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Roe: The Lack of Enforcement of Immigration Law Has Failed the American People

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Washington, June 29, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, and H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act:

“America is a nation of laws and unfortunately, for the past 8 years, our immigration laws were inconsistently enforced, which makes these preventable crimes all the more tragic. Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco is just one example, and no family should ever go through the heartbreak the Steinle family experienced. East Tennessee experienced its own similar tragedy just last April when Ms. Shirra Branum, a 37-year-old mother, was killed in a motor vehicle accident with a car driven by an illegal immigrant who was allegedly driving intoxicated. Ms. Branum left behind a nine-year-old son who was also injured in this completely avoidable accident. The reality is, if we had a functioning set of immigration laws, this never would have happened in our country. We must do better.

“I am proud to support Kate’s Law, a bill to enhance penalties on deported felons who have returned to the United States. Border security is one of my top priorities in Congress, and this important legislation will help keep dangerous criminals out of the United States. I also strongly believe that cities across the country that fail to comply with federal immigration laws should lose their federal funding, which is why I also support the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. While we can and need to do more to address this refusal to enforce the law, this bill is an important first step to end sanctuary cities and send a clear message that immigration reform must begin with a commitment to the rule of law. I applaud Chairman Goodlatte for his leadership in protecting public safety and for taking these important steps to reform and uphold our nation’s immigration laws.”

Background: Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had been convicted of multiple felonies and previously deported five times. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act strengthens federal law to push back against sanctuary cities that protect criminal immigrants from immigration enforcement. You can read more about both bills here

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