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July 11, 2017 > Cortese responds to immigration bills

Cortese responds to immigration bills

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

On June 29, the U.S. House of Representatives approved two bills on immigration. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would bar federal funds from sanctuary cities if they do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. KateÕs Law would require a five -year prison sentence for anyone who reenters the country illegally after being deported twice. Kate's Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. The Senate has not voted on these bills.

In response, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese issued this statement:

ÒWhile President Trump and some congressional leaders say these laws would protect American families, they seem to forget that most immigrant families are American families. Most are longtime residents who have lived in our country for decades. Many are children, college students and workers who have built roots, community, businesses, and have become an integral part of our American identity. TodayÕs vote amounts to nothing but more fear-mongering. The bill on sanctuary communities asks local jurisdictions like Santa Clara County to detain residents without due process in violation of the Constitution of the United States. And that is the ultimate law of the land, which all government officials must abide by. We have successfully fought this battle with the President; now we must address the Congress. As to cooperation, ICE already has complete access to our justice data. To say or imply otherwise is a lie.Ó

Supervisor CorteseÕs office can be reached at (408) 299-5030.

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