WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting to start Senate consideration of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act and Kate’s Law. Senator Ernst also offered her newly introduced legislation, Sarah’s Law, as an amendment to these two bills, but the Senate failed to proceed to the underlying bills, and Sarah’s Law did not receive a vote.
“Reports indicate there are around 300 cities, counties, and states that can currently be considered ‘sanctuary jurisdictions.’ In an effort to prevent more tragedies like the untimely deaths of Kate Steinle and Sarah Root, we must promote cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration officials by ensuring that local law enforcement are protected from liability stemming from such cooperation. We must also do more to deter repeated illegal reentry into the United States – particularly by convicted felons. It is unacceptable for those who enter our country illegally, and repeatedly, to commit crimes and be released.
“These bills work to keep law-abiding, U.S. citizens safe. They clear the way for state and local cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security and stiffen the penalty for illegal immigrants who re-enter the county after deportation.
“While I am disappointed in the Senate’s failure to advance this commonsense legislation, I remain committed to seeking justice for the Steinle and Root families.”
Information on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act:
Information on Kate’s Law:
o Increasing the maximum criminal penalty for illegal reentry from two to five years.
o Creating a new penalty of up to 10 years for any person who has been denied admission or deported three or more times and then illegally reenters the country.
o Creating a five-year mandatory minimum for anyone convicted of illegal reentry, who (1) had an aggravated felony prior to removal, or (2) has been convicted of illegal reentry twice before.
Information on Sarah’s Law:
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