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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Statement on House Passage of Immigration Bills

June 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement after Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) passed the House of Representatives.

“My first duty is keeping my constituents and the American people safe. We are a nation of laws, which means that cities that protect criminals will no longer be ignored, and criminal illegal immigrants who re-enter our country will be punished. The legislation we passed today enforces our immigration laws, combats dangerous sanctuary cities, and helps protect the public,” said Bilirakis.

Background:

Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004): This legislation is named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle who was gunned down in broad daylight in San Francisco by a five-time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions. It would increase the mandatory penalties for aliens who illegally re-enter the U.S.

No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003): This bill would prevent states and localities that do not comply with federal immigration laws from receiving certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security federal grants.