A US Border Patrol agent leads undocumented immigrants after capturing them near the US-Mexico border on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. John Moore/Getty
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.
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One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the US illegally.
The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167.
Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, and his support for tougher immigration policies is crucial
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