WASHINGTON — The House passed a pair of bills aimed at punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and undocumented immigrants on Thursday, moving towards the harsh immigration policies supported by President Trump.
One of the bills would bar cities and localities who don’t fully comply with federal demands to turn over undocumented immigrants who they’ve detained from receiving federal grants to prevent terrorism and support law enforcement.
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The other, called “Kate’s Law” after Kate Steinle, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant with a long rap sheet who’d previously been deported, criminalizes and significantly increases penalties for undocumented immigrants who are caught by authorities multiple times.
The bills were celebrated by Republicans as supporting law and order, while Democrats called them racist and counterproductive.
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