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Sam Graves Votes to Pass Kate's Law, Institute Harsher Penalties for Deported Felons Who Re-Enter the U.S.

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release
North Missouri Representative Also Moves to Block Funds for Sanctuary Cities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after this afternoon helping pass two bills that strengthen our nation’s illegal immigration laws. H.R. 3004, or Kate’s Law, will institute harsher penalties on deported felons who reenter into the United States. H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, blocks federal funds to “Sanctuary Cities” that shield illegal immigrants from deportation.

“There is no reason why any city in this country should refuse to enforce laws against illegal immigrants,” Rep. Graves said. “That punishes everyone who follows our laws, it sends the wrong message to those looking to come to the U.S. illegally, and it can have devastating consequences for our people, as we saw in the tragic death of Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015.

“I’ve always believed that there is nothing wrong with legal immigration, but it has to be legal. The problem is that some cities across the country fail to recognize the dangers of illegal immigration, which is just that - illegal. The bills passed by the House today will work to prevent these tragedies in the future, making sure American cities enforce illegal immigration laws, and felons who are deported out of the country stay that way.”

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