Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement after voting in favor of Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, legislation that will strengthen immigration enforcement, protect Americans, and hold sanctuary cities accountable.
“These bills will strengthen the enforcement of our current immigration laws and help prevent unlawful immigrants who have committed serious crimes from becoming repeat offenders that put our communities at risk,” said Congressman Huizenga.
“The safety of our citizens should be a priority that is shared by government at the local, state, and federal level. If a state or municipality chooses to ignore federal law and harbor dangerous criminals, they should be ineligible to received federal grants funded by hardworking taxpayers.”
H.R. 3003 – No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
This legislation prohibits state and local government entities from mandating noncompliance with properly issued immigration detainers and includes the detainer mandates of Grant’s Law and Sarah’s Law.
H.R. 3004 – Kate’s Law
- Prevents all federal, state and local government entities from prohibiting compliance with federal immigration laws.
- This includes assisting or cooperating with Federal law enforcement entities or officials and providing requested information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, and the inadmissibility or deportability of any individual.
- States and localities not in compliance are ineligible to receive grant funding under COPS, Byrne JAG, or other related DOJ or DHS grants, and cannot receive funding for the incarceration of unauthorized aliens.
- DHS is also prohibited from transferring any alien subject to a final removal order to any jurisdiction not in compliance.
- Grants immunity to state and local entities for compliance with any detainer.
- Gives victims, and their families, a private right of action against a state or local government whose noncompliance and release of an alien results in the murder, rape, or serious injury of the victim.
- Requires detention of unlawfully present individuals convicted of driving under the influence.
- Requires detention of unlawfully present individuals arrested or charged with a serious crime resulting in death or bodily injury.
This legislation increases penalties for unauthorized aliens who reenter the country following their removal from the U.S.
- Potential imprisonment of not more than 2 years for any undocumented individual who reenters or attempts to reenter after being denied admission, deported, or removed.
- For an undocumented individual convicted of 3 or more misdemeanors or a felony, a sentence of not more than 10 years.
- For an undocumented individual convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 30 months, imprisonment of not more than 15 years,
- For an undocumented individual convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 60 months, imprisonment of not more than 20 years.
- For an undocumented individual convicted of murder, rape, kidnapping, terrorism, or 3 or more felonies of any kind, imprisonment of not more than 25 years.
- For an undocumented individual who has been denied admission, deported, or removed 3 or more times, who then reenters the U.S., imprisonment of not more than 10 years.
- Any undocumented individual who is removed prior to completion of a term of imprisonment who then reenters the U.S., the remainder of the alien’s sentence can be reapplied.
- The bill does not implement any new mandatory minimum sentences.