This measure passed 228-to-195.
Ironically, it's these Obama-era policies - focusing on "serious" criminal offenders and not the rest of the undocumented community - that have irked anti-immigrant hardliners who want to deport everyone. Supporters say this would incentivize cities to take stronger action against undocumented immigrants.
"Kate's Law is pretty narrow, but the No Sanctuary bill really moves the ball forward - it's not a touchdown, like the Davis-Oliver Act would be, but it's a solid first down", Krikorian wrote in an email to TheDC.
The U.S. House helped advance a central plank of President Donald Trump's agenda on Thursday by passing two immigration laws that were swiftly denounced by critics as "xenophobic" and "riddled with constitutional violations".
A separate measure would strip federal dollars from "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.
Nobody stands above the law - not the self-righteous local officials who obstruct the law by taking part in the sanctuary city movement, and not the criminals who return to the USA again and again and commit violent crimes.
The current Kate's Law proposal focuses on penalties for deported criminal offenders, like Lopez-Sanchez, who repeatedly try to get back into the USA after deportation. Previously deported illegal aliens who re-enter the US can face up to 2 years in prison, while those with criminal records who re-enter the country can face up to 25 years, depending on the nature of prior convictions.
The bill would also allow federal authorities to refuse to transfer individuals into state or local custody if a state or locality is not in compliance with the No Sanctuary Act.
While the bills were widely expected to pass the Republican-controlled House, they are a welcome win for a White House that has seen little recent legislative success. The legislation is named after Kate Steinle, a woman who was fatally shot in San Francisco in 2015.
Speaking on the House floor ahead of the vote, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) called the legislation "dangerous" and "anti-immigrant", and charged that the bills "perpetuate the fiction that immigrants are somehow inherently criminal".
"This bill is not ideal, and it's shameful that the Republicans did not allow any debate in the Judiciary Committee, on which I sit, or on the House Floor to improve it". Though some interpreted this policy as a way to keep more noncriminal undocumented people in the US, it was still highly controversial in the immigrant rights community.
"Sanctuary cities are releasing violent criminals, including members of the bloodthirsty MS-13 gang, back onto our streets every single day", the president said.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee - where the bills came from - criticized the bills Thursday.