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Ron DeSantis: Kate’s Law, anti-sanctuary cities bill are ‘long overdue’

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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) expressed his support for two bills dealing with illegal immigration that passed in the House of Representatives yesterday. In a Facebook post, DeSantis called the measures “long overdue” and said that he hoped they would quickly pass the Senate and head to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.

The first bill is H.R. 3003, which aims to crack down on sanctuary city policies, including clarifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detainer authority and withholding certain federal grant money from jurisdictions that prohibit their officers from communicating with ICE.

The second is H.R. 3004, or “Kate’s Law,” which increases the penalties for deported felons who illegally return to the United States.

Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who died at a pier in San Francisco when a stolen gun was fired and the bullet ricocheted off the pavement, striking her. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico with multiple felony convictions who had been deported five times prior to Steinle’s death, was arrested and charged with her murder.

The case sparked outrage against San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies, and was mentioned by Trump during his campaign . According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lopez-Sanchez had been released by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department despite a request to hold him for what would have been his sixth deportation. He is currently awaiting trial for Steinle’s murder.

The full text of DeSantis’ Facebook post:

Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck. All senselessly murdered by immigrants unlawfully in our country.

Today the House passed two measures to strengthen our immigration laws and protect American citizens: Kate’s Law will increase penalties for deported felons who return across our borders while the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will crack down on the dangerous policies of so-called “sanctuary cities”.

These bills are long overdue and I hope that the Senate sends them to the President’s desk quickly.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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