Update (6/29): The House has passed both Kate’s Law (#HR3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (#HR3003) . These bills will now go to the Senate for consideration. It is imperative that Senators understand that the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would infringe on the ability of local law enforcement to protect their communities, and that Kate’s Law would enact extreme punishments for undocumented immigrants, even those seeking asylum from humanitarian crises.
Following in the Senate’s footsteps, the House is now bypassing legislative procedure norms to push partisan bills through Congress faster. Two House bills, H.R. 3003 the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and H.R. 3004 Kate’s Law, are scheduled for a vote on the House floor during the week of June 26th, even though neither bill has undergone typical committee hearings or amendment process. Furthermore, both bills were only introduced on June 22nd, giving the rest of the House of Representatives less than a week to even read and analyze the bill text adequately enough.
The bills themselves are also controversial, effectively serving as attacks on sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law increases the minimum penalties for any immigrant who attempts to re-enter the US after being deported. Written in reaction to the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the bill feeds off of the fear of illegal immigrants even though studies show immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than those born in the US. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act takes aim at sanctuary cities themselves, overriding their local detention policies and barring them from receiving Homeland Security and Justice Dept. grants if they don’t comply. Together, these bills would increase our already sky-high prison population as well as the fear level within our immigrant communities.
CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO OPPOSE KATE’S LAW and the NO Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
SENATOR BLUNT 417-877-7814 and MCCASKILL 417-868-8745
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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to express my opposition to Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. These bills will jeopardize local law enforcement’s ability to protect our cities and instill even more fear among our immigrant communities. I urge Senator Claire McCaskill to oppose these anti-immigrant bills and work towards better, comprehensive immigration reform.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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