On Thursday, July 29, The House voted on two new immigration bills, passing them both. The first bill, known as the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” will allow funding to be revoked from Sanctuary Cities, as punishment for not cooperating fully with federal immigration officers. The Act would also protect law enforcement officers who do detain immigrants from any lawsuits. This bill passed 228 to 195. The second bill, known as “Kate’s Law,” will make the punishment for immigrant re-entry much harsher. The bill is named after Kathyrn Steinle, who was killed by an undocumented Mexican immigrant who had re-entered the United States several times illegally. This bill passed 257 to 167, bringing in more Democrats in favor of the bill.
These bills will now move onto the Senate before they can be implemented. They have already faced much resistance and outrage. Many immigration activists are bringing into question the protection of immigrants’ human rights. While the bill passed rather smoothly through the Republican controlled House, they are likely to be met with much more resistance and outcry from The Senate.
Our Verdict: These bills passed at the urging of Trump are a pointed attack on illegal immigration. Amidst this week’s particularly abominable tweets from Trump, these bills passed through with less media coverage than they deserved. This occurrence serves as a reminder to pay attention to Trump’s outrageous comments and action, but to not let them distract you from what is happening more quietly in Washington