Ross Votes to Combat Dangerous Sanctuary City Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, “Kate’s Law”:
“I voted for Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act because, for far too long, the lack of immigration enforcement and dangerous sanctuary city policies throughout our country have failed the American people and cost too many lives. These bills fulfill our promise to make public safety a top priority as they help prevent unlawful immigrants who commit serious crimes from becoming repeat offenders that put our communities at risk. The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate Steinle, Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck and numerous others, are tragic and were preventable. We owe it to their loved ones, and all Americans, to strengthen our lax immigration policies that contribute to these avoidable tragedies.
“We are a proud nation of immigrants, but immigration in this country should be focused on earned citizenship, just as my grandparents obtained as Hungarian immigrants. We must place a priority on those who have taken the appropriate legal steps to become a citizen, not on those who have broken the law. Our local law enforcement agencies should be empowered and supported to enforce our laws that keep us safe and not have their hands tied behind their backs. The previous administration’s relaxed attitude toward illegal immigration put Americans in great danger, but we are putting an end to that. Since President Trump took office, we have seen a 17-year low in illegal crossings on our southern border, and these bills will further increase our efforts to improve our national security and public safety.
“With Florida being one of only six states that account for 60 percent of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., it is imperative that we swiftly implement conservative and stringent immigration reform so we can better protect our nation, its people and the true American Dream. I continue to be committed to strengthening the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws, and I won’t stop fighting for those I was elected to protect.”
No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law
No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003)
This bill would ensure American taxpayers are not subsidizing States and localities that work to affirmatively thwart Federal law enforcement efforts. For States or localities determined to be in violation of Federal law, H.R. 3003 would restrict their eligibility to receive certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants. Instead, under this bill, those grant funds would be reallocated to States and localities that comply with Federal law. Additionally, this bill would provide for more robust detention of criminal aliens.
H.R. 3003 also contains Sarah and Grant’s Law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings. This provision is named after Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck. In January 2016, an unlawful immigrant driving drunk struck Sarah Root’s car and subsequently killed her. She had just graduated from college. To make matters worse, the person responsible was released from custody and is still on the loose. And in January 2015, Grant Ronnebeck was murdered at a convenience store by a convicted felon who was free on bond while facing deportation.
Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004)
This bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was tragically shot and murdered in San Francisco by Francisco Sanchez, an illegal alien in the U.S. who had been previously deported five times and had seven felony convictions. H.R. 3004 would increase the penalties that may be imposed on criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry into the U.S.