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President Donald Trump is hailing passage of two House bills that seek to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for the president and his voting base.
One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally. The House approved both bills on Thursday.
Trump is urging the Senate to follow the House’s lead, saying that implementation of the policies “will make our communities safer.”
Trump says he is “calling on all lawmakers to vote for these bills and to save American lives.”
Democrats counter that the bills are feel-good measures intended to make lawmakers look tough on
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