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Stopping ‘Sanctuary Cities' and Saving American Lives

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) voted today in favor of two bills to crack down on illegal ‘sanctuary city’ policies and illegal entry into the United States: H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law.

Under the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, state and local governments that have policies defying federal immigration laws will be ineligible for certain federal grants.

“So-called ‘sanctuary cities’ are not a sanctuary for their citizens,” said Rep. Shuster. “These cities have policies in place to defy federal immigration laws and shield illegal immigrants, placing American lives at risk. They shouldn’t receive one more dime of federal funding until they decide to rightfully comply with the law.”

H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant with seven felonies on his criminal record. The criminal was caught and deported five times, each time coming back to American soil, freely walking the streets.

“Kate’s story is tragic and heartbreaking, mostly because it was preventable. The City of San Francisco failed Kate, and all ‘sanctuary cities’ fail their residents when they institute policies to protect illegal immigrants over their own law-abiding citizens. We owe it to the families who lost loved ones because of these disastrous policies to impose stricter punishments on deported felons who attempt to get back to U.S. soil,” said Shuster.

Kate’s Law increases the maximum sentences for felons attempting to re-enter the United States.