Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act:
“Kate Steinle died because an illegal immigrant who should have been deported and should have remained deported was granted de facto amnesty by a city that should have complied with federal immigration enforcement measures. And she is not the only one. American citizens have been killed or victimized by illegal immigrants who should never have been shielded from deportation. For the safety of our cities and neighborhoods, criminals that are deported must remain deported. It is clear that so-called sanctuary cities offer asylum to these individuals who have demonstrated no intention of respecting American laws or preserving a peaceful society.
“This bill is a start to the conversation on immigration. The American people have been clear: our government must enforce immigration laws we have before we start making new ones.“