Jul 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) helped pass two key immigration bills in the House today, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law.

Collins managed the rule for the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act on the House floor yesterday in preparation for its passage this afternoon. The bill clarifies the authority of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of criminal aliens from local law enforcement. Jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE or observe federal immigration laws risk losing related federal grant funding under this legislation.

“We are a nation founded on the rule of law, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act holds so-called sanctuary cities accountable for choosing to flout the law. When localities ignore immigration statutes, they choose to put the interests of criminal aliens above the wellbeing of our citizens.

“Today’s votes evidence our commitment to strengthening existing immigration laws and protecting our communities. Today is a good day for the rule of law,” said Collins.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act also enables victims of crimes to sue sanctuary jurisdictions for releasing criminal aliens while protecting jurisdictions that follow existing law from being sued for their compliance.

The House also passed Kate’s Law, which increases the penalties for criminal aliens who reenter the United States after being deported. Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien in 2015.