"The first bill -- dubbed Kate's Law, after 32-year-
old Kate Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco
in July 2015 -- establishes stiffer penalties for
illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States
after being deported. Steinle's accused assailant,
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been deported
to Mexico five times but always returned."
Do-Nothing Immigration Bills
By Ruben Navarrette Jr.
The Lincoln Journal-Star, July 19, 2017
. . .
The first bill -- dubbed Kate's Law, after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco in July 2015 -- establishes stiffer penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after being deported. Steinle's accused assailant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been deported to Mexico five times but always returned.
The second bill bars cities, counties and states that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities from receiving grants from the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security. Some of those grants have nothing to do with immigration and instead touch on more serious law enforcement and security matters such as terrorism.
Both pieces of legislation are headed to the Senate.
The problem with the first bill is that it lacks an understanding of human nature. Stiffer sentences and more jail time won't deter someone who is hungry, desperate to provide for his family, or intent on reuniting with her children on the other side of the border. Folks with no options will cross what they see as an imaginary line in the dirt.
The flaw with the second bill is that it lacks a grip on reality. As I have said many times before, there is no such thing as a sanctuary city -- a mythical fantasyland where illegal immigrants can live out their days without fear of being detected and deported. That's a political fabrication by Democrats that Republicans were dumb enough to swallow whole.
. . .
Immigration Opinions, 7/28/17
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Sessions announced that state and local jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with ICE, if they block ICE from interviewing jail inmates, and if they fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport. These rules apply to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, which are the largest source of federal criminal justice funds for state, local, and tribal authorities; Trump has requested $380 million for 2018.
View the full text and map at: https://cis.org/Vaughan/AG-Sessions-Set-Block-Millions-Funding-Sanctuaries
View sanctuary maps at: https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies and author of the analysis, notes, "The four largest Byrne/JAG grants in 2016, worth more than $10 million, all went to sanctuaries jurisdictions: New York City; Cook County, Ill.; the City of Los Angeles; and Philadelphia. The Department of Justice should cut them off unless they change their policies. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing local governments that interfere with immigration enforcement and endanger the public."
The Byrne/JAG grants are one of three programs now off-limits to sanctuaries. Last year, Rep. John Culberson, in his capacity as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls DOJ's budget, imposed requirements for basic compliance with the federal law on sanctuaries for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which offers partial reimbursement for the costs of incarcerating illegal aliens, and the Community Oriented Policing grant program. A number of jurisdictions have changed their policies as a result.