House Republicans are hoping to move forward a pair of bills that tackle illegal immigration next week to carry out President Donald Trump's agenda of enforcing federal immigration laws.
One of the bills would boost penalties for deported immigrants that try to re-enter the country and the other would target so-called sanctuary cities, Politico reported.
The former bill is named "Kate's Law" after a young woman named Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who repeatedly was deported but returned. The latter bill, targeting cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials, is called "No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act."
Under the "No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act," sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with immigration officials would be penalized by barring Homeland Security and Justice Department grants, according to Politico.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) wrote the legislation, which expands "mandatory detention policies" to cover immigrants who have received drunk driving violations and for those immigrants who have had their visa revoked.