House Republicans Vote for Public Safety

House Republicans continue to keep our promises to the American people. By passing Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, we are reaffirming our commitment to keep Americans safe.

Here’s what House Republicans had to say about these important public safety bills:

Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Martha Roby (R-AL) feat. in The Daily Caller: House Republicans Applaud Passage Of Bills Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities

“Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn echoed Roby’s sentiments, saying it’s unacceptable certain jurisdictions refuse to comply with the law. ‘Well, it is important because the American people have said that it is important. And we know for our nation’s sovereignty, it is important. We have laws. We are a nation of laws,’ she told TheDCNF. ‘We are to abide by these laws. And the fact is that you have some cities and entities that have decided that they want to just do something outside of the law and say it’s OK.’”

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ICYMI: Before the Vote: DHS Secretary, House GOP Champion Important Public Safety Bills

Yesterday, during the Speaker’s weekly press conference, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Republican Conference Vice Chair Doug Collins (R-GA), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, joined to discuss how Republicans are keeping our promises to the American people.

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House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):

“House Republicans are working diligently to deliver on our promises made to the American people. This week, we will take the first step in our commitment to strengthen immigration enforcement and secure the border by voting on two simple, straightforward bills in the House of Representatives. These bills, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law, target dangerous sanctuary city policies that permit criminals to go free and bolster public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the U.S. These pieces of legislation are needed desperately.

For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives, including Kate Steinle, Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck.

Full column here. For his recent interview on Fox News, click here.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN):

“For too long, sanctuary cities and lax enforcement of our immigration laws have left our communities vulnerable to dangerous criminals and cost innocent lives. Today we took action to protect the American people, uphold the rule of law, and begin fixing our broken immigration system. By giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep unlawful immigrants who commit crimes off the streets, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law will make our communities safer.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):

“We are delivering on our promise to keep Americans safe. It’s unconscionable to think that our system failed so badly that innocent people have been the victims of violent crimes…Americans are rightly outraged by this, and we are working to put a stop to it. Our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed, but border security and strict enforcement must come first.”

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA):

“When I was mayor, I met with the family of Derek Kichline, a 29-year-old Hazleton man and father of three young children who was murdered while working on his truck by an illegal immigrant who had been released by law enforcement a number of times, including by the sanctuary city of New York. I also talked with the family of 21-year-old murder victim Carly Snyder of Northumberland County, who was stabbed 37 times by an illegal immigrant with a long history of gang violence who was released after being caught trying to cross the southern border. I have never forgotten these stories. By passing these bills, we can prevent these crimes from happening to other families.”

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY):

“While we have a lot of work to do to fix our broken immigration system, the two commonsense bills we passed today are a good start. We should all be able to agree that dangerous criminals should not be given a safe haven anywhere in our country and that our immigration policies should not encourage deported criminals to come back into the United States.  The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law will help keep Americans safe by discouraging sanctuary cities and by deterring deported criminals from returning.”

Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA):

“I applaud Chairman Goodlatte and my colleagues in the House for the bipartisan efforts to strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws. Justice that isn’t blind, simply isn’t justice and we can no longer allow states to exercise their own discretion with regard to Federal immigration law. Today’s passage of these bills takes a leap in the right direction to restore sovereignty to our nation by enforcing border security and prosecuting criminal offenders.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX):

“As a former prosecutor and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, one of my top priorities is and has always been public safety, and today the House took a major step forward in that direction by passing Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act….We are a nation of laws, laws that are established to keep Americans safe, and individuals in defiance of those laws must be held responsible.”

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI):

“Kate Steinle’s story is both heartbreaking and preventable. While we can’t bring her back or erase her family’s pain, we can honor Kate’s memory by getting serious about enforcing our immigration laws and keeping our communities safe. Deterring dangerous criminals from reentering the United States is common sense, and Kate’s Law will help prevent more families from experiencing a tragedy like this ever again.”

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS):

“The safety and security of our constituents should be our absolute top priority in Congress. Sanctuary cities are a direct threat to that safety. It’s why I led an effort to defund sanctuary cities through the appropriations process. It’s why we are here today. What happened to Kate Steinle was a tragedy. No parent should have to go through the anguish of losing their child, especially when it could have been avoided. Unfortunately the deadly toll of sanctuary cities is not limited to Kate. Just last year, in my own community back home in Kansas, Master Deputy Brandon Collins, a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy with nearly 21 years of service, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was performing a routine traffic stop. Deputy Collins was a devoted and caring husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend whose life was tragically cut short. The drunk driver, who fled from the scene after the crash, was an illegal immigrant that had a prior conviction for DUI in California in 2001, and was also arrested for driving without a license in 2013. He never should have been behind the wheel of the car when he killed Deputy Collins! Despite his prior offenses, the man was able to remain in the country. He was able to be here to commit this crime because of the failure to enforce the law, and it ultimately led to Deputy Collins’ death. No nation of laws should tolerate this.”

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) on Bolstering Safety in our Communities

Individuals who are here illegally and commit serious crimes should not be able to find safe haven within our borders. The bills that passed the House today are an important part of making our communities safer — and hopefully saving innocent lives.

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