WASHINGTON – The House passed immigration bills June 29 that Republicans promised would take criminal immigrants “off the street,” but Democrats said would do little for public safety while having a “chilling effect” on immigrant communities.
The bills – to pull federal funding from sanctuary cities and to toughen penalties for immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the U.S. – were approved largely along party lines, with all but a handful of Republicans supporting and all but a handful of Democrats opposing.
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Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, said the bills correct a problem of people who “should have been actually in jail, in custody, until they were deported.”
“We think it’s going to be an improvement in public safety because all communities around the country will have a
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