On Thursday afternoon, the House passed Kate's Law on a 257 to 167 vote and the sanctuary cities bill on a 228 to 195 vote. Cory Booker (D-N.J) introduced legislation to prevent the federal government from using state and local law enforcement officials to enforce USA immigration law.
Some groups that favor less immigration were disappointed that lawmakers weren't taking up the Davis-Oliver Act, a more comprehensive enforcement bill that has already been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
"We are protecting the freedoms of law-abiding Americans, and we are going after the criminal gangs and cartels that prey on our innocent citizens", President Trump said in a statement. Goodnow also said that even if the law were passed, its fight would be "far from over".
This announcement comes as Tom Homan, Acting Director of ICE, met with President Donald Trump and the families of victims killed by illegal immigrants for a round-table discussion yesterday.
"Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk", the president said.
Identifying himself as the son of a state trooper and supporter of law enforcement, Collins staked a strong stand against sanctuary cities. "Let this bill result in Kate saving the lives of others".
Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream and the Los Angeles Latino Movement USA have stated that both laws not only represent constitutional violations but that their true intention would be to "authorize the force of deportations and the anti-immigrant agenda of President Trump ".
"The practices of these jurisdictions are not only contrary to sound policy; they're contrary to the law enforcement cooperation that is carried out every day in our country and is essential to public safety", he wrote.
In late spring, freed from custody and in San Francisco, Lopez-Sanches stole a.40-caliber pistol from an unlocked vehicle belonging to U.S. Bureau of Land Management office, leading to his shooting Steinle at Pier 14 two years ago by a repeat felon who had been deported several times before illegal reentry.
Gives authority to the Secretary of DHS to refuse transfer of illegal aliens to states and localities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.
"These were bills I campaigned on and that are vital to our public safety and national security", Trump said.
Trump also celebrated the bills' passage after tweeting on Thursday, "Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw".
Republicans say these bills are restoring the rule of law.
Previous year on the campaign trail Trump stated, "On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass "Kate's Law" - named for Kate Steinle - to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal re-entry face strong mandatory minimum sentences". Under the bill, people could be sentenced to up to 25 years if they reentered the USA after being convicted of certain crimes, some of them immigration-related.
Goodlatte is considered a staunch opponent of illegal immigration and is supportive of the Trump administration's concerted efforts to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the U.S.
Immigration lawyers have a direct stake in keeping the illegal alien population in the USA large and growing.
"You know, when you look at the legislation you look at the penalties that are in place - you've got penalties that are a maximum 10 or 20 or 25 years for people that have committed felonies that have come into the country, and they are re-entering for the third time", Blackburn said.