The acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday appeared to undercut his boss, President Trump, on the same day Trump was touting two immigration bills meant to close "dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals".
In a post on the right-leaning Cato Institute's website, the think-tank's immigration policy analyst David Bier described the "No Sanctuary" bill as anti-federalist and said parts of it pose a threat to state sovereignty.
The law is named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who, according to law enforcement officials, was gunned down in broad daylight allegedly by a 5-time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions. And yet he walked the streets of an American city freely.
Endorsing the two bills, Tom Homan, director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Wednesday: "The laws, if passed, would give officers and prosecutors more tools to protect the public". "And he would have been if San Francisco had only notified ICE of his release from the city's custody, as ICE had requested". In fact, it's city policy.
That bill would enhance penalties for convicted criminals who are deported and return to the United States illegally. Also, some Trump supporters might believe immigrants are being more thoroughly vetted by the Trump administration. These jurisdictions refuse to provide ICE with information about removable illegal aliens who are in their custody and have committed a crime or are suspected of having committed a crime. However, the GOP leadership did not bring the entire David-Oliver Act to a floor vote and chose to schedule two portions of the bill - Kate's Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. The Sanctuary bill reduce the amount of Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security grant funds available for jurisdictions those found to have "sanctuary policies" that the administration says violate federal law.
Both bills are expected to pass Thursday afternoon on largely party-line votes.
The other measure would increase criminal penalties for people who illegally re-enter the US after being deported or convicted of certain felonies.
He echoed that message again at the off-camera meeting and said people entering the US illegally should "not be comfortable" because they're breaking the law. In 2015, Ronnebeck's son Grant was shot and killed by an illegal criminal immigrant at a QuikTrip station in Mesa.
Congress can also make it harder for criminal aliens to repeatedly reenter the United States.
Kate's Law, named after Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman shot and killed by a previously deported illegal immigrant in 2015, makes any individual who is found in the US after already being deported subject to a fine, jail time or both.
"We must send a clear message that re-entering after having been previously deported will cease to be a minor matter, but will result in prison and deportation", Sessions writes.
He said the MS-13 gang in particular is "a prime target". The bills "will close the risky loopholes exploited by criminals, gang members, drug dealers, killers, terrorists".