Rep. Calvert Votes to Toughen Immigration Laws
Bills Protect Americans and Legal Residents
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of the House to approve two bills that bolster our immigration laws. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), which strengthens the law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies, was approved by a vote of 228 to 195. Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), which enhances penalties for deported felons who return to the United States, was approved by a vote of 257 to 167. Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who was a repeat felon. Rep. Calvert is a cosponsor of both bills.
“I strongly believe that we must restore the rule of law and take responsible steps to protect Americans,” said Rep. Calvert. “Fixing our broken immigration system is complicated, but we should all support deporting illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes. We should continue America’s proud tradition of welcoming legal immigrants who want to work and make the U.S. a better place. However, anyone who comes to our country illegally and commits additional crimes once they are here is a clear threat to our safety and should be deported. Unlike the actions being taken by Democrats in Sacramento, Republicans in Washington are passing bills that give our law enforcement community additional tools and put the wellbeing of legal residents first and foremost.”
In a White House briefing yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan made the following statement regarding H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004:
“This legislation will help the fine men and women of the Border Patrol and ICE to do their job in securing the border, enforcing the immigration laws within the interior of the United States, and make our nation and our communities safer as a result. America deserves that. Law enforcement is a dangerous job, we all know that. This legislation and its effects will also help protect the law enforcement officers that work at ICE and the Border Patrol. And those officers that leave their families every day to enforce the laws of this great nation deserve that.”
More background on H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004 can be found on the House Judiciary Committee website.