Following in the Senate’s footsteps, the House is now bypassing legislative procedure norms to push partisan bills through Congress faster (this is the Pandora’s Box TrumpCare opened). Two House bills, H.R. 3003 the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and H.R. 3004 Kate’s Law, are scheduled for a vote on the House floor THIS WEEK, even though neither bill has undergone typical committee hearings, debate, or amendment process.
The bills themselves are also controversial, effectively serving as attacks on sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law increases the minimum penalties for any immigrant who attempts to re-enter the US after being deported. Written in reaction to the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the bill feeds off of the fear of illegal immigrants even though studies show immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than those born in the US. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act takes aim at sanctuary cities themselves, overriding their local detention policies and barring them from receiving Homeland Security and Justice Dept. grants if they don’t comply. Together, these bills would increase our already sky-high prison population as well as the fear level within our immigrant communities.
Another thing to call your Senators/Reps about. Do it.