The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would punish sanctuary cities and Barack Obama has threatened a veto should it end up on his desk.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
WASHINGTON—The Republican-controlled House Thursday passed legislation that would withhold federal law-enforcement grants from cities that shelter illegal immigrants from federal authorities, part of a campaign to punish what are known as sanctuary cities.
The bill, passed 241-179, is the GOP’s answer to the shooting this month of Kathryn Steinle, 32 years old, on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had been convicted of seven felonies and previously deported to Mexico.
The Associated Press provided the lame excuse from the Obama administration that the bill would “lead to mistrust between local communities and law enforcement agencies” and, therefore, he would veto the bill.
Jim Steinle, Kathryn Steinle’s father, testified before a Senate committee last Tuesday and told them, “Due to disjointed law and basic incompetence on many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound by the hand of a person who never should have been on the streets of this country.”
Leo Hohmann reported:
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said President Obama relaxed the rules on ICE detainers, making it optional instead of mandatory for cities to comply. This opened the door for the ACLU to file lawsuits on behalf of illegal aliens, he said.
An ICE detainer is a written request that a local jail or other law enforcement agency detain an individual for an additional 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after his or her release date in order to provide ICE agents extra time to decide whether to take the individual into federal custody for removal purposes.
“ICE detainers are not mandatory as a matter of law. So this is not initiated by ICE, they’re reacting to the threat of litigation by the ACLU, and by changing the word ‘shall’ in these detainer orders,” King said. “I think we’ve clearly heard today the effect of that, and we’ve heard it from expert testimony and from very painful experience.”
The painful experience was that of Jim Steinle, father Kate Steinle, 32, who died at the hands of an illegal alien July 1 who had a string of prior arrests. “This will make you cry too, and it happens every day. This story happens every day in the U.S.,” King said.
King also said that in 2011 along, 48,000 crimes were committed by illegal aliens against US citizens and that 30,000 were arrested and released in 2014.
The author of the bill, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) said, “The American people have the right to not give their tax dollars to municipalities and states that do not follow federal law. The fact that San Francisco and L.A. and other cities disagree with the politics of federal enforcement does not give them a free pass to subvert the law.”
While Democrats have charged that the measure is “anti-immigrant,” they fail to distinguish between those who come into our country legally and those that don’t. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), whose represents a district that is made up of twenty percent Hispanic, says the bill is neither “anti-immigrant” nor “anti-Hispanic.” Rather it should be seen as “pro-law enforcement.”
While Republicans view the passing of the bill as a victory, Democrats claim that it is pandering to people who agree with the statements of Donald Trump concerning illegal aliens. While one does not know the motives of Republicans in the matter, it seems to have been a push to actually attempt to move in the right direction of dealing with the issue of illegal aliens and sanctuary cities, not to be confused with the Bible’s cities of refuge.
This isn’t the only bill that is attempting to deal with the issue of sanctuary cities.
On Saturday, Suzanne Hamner reported on another bill in the Senate to deal with the issue.
“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined forces to initiate the ‘Protecting American Lives Act’ or S. 1842 that would end sanctuary cities and ‘severely punish any illegal aliens who illegally re-enter the United States after previous deportation,’ she wrote. “It sounds great; however, it would require catching the sneaky snakes as they cross the Obama ‘welcome mat‘ on the open southern border.”
And that is the issue, isn’t it? After all, this administration orchestrated the illegal alien invasion in 2014 of tens of thousands of illegals and sought to bring more into the country by airplane at taxpayer expense. This year the administration has brought tens of thousands of Muslims from Syria into the US without proper vetting and colonizing them in US cities. All of this and then the administration continues to release thousands of convicted illegal alien criminals back onto American streets.