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Walker Gives Speech on House Floor, Passes Two Laws to Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities and Deported Felon Re-Entries

June 29, 2017
Press Release
"Both pieces of legislation serve the basic functions of our government by keeping people of our state and country safe from those who wish to do us harm."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today gave a speech on the House floor during debate of H.R. 3004, Kate's Law, to voice his support of the legislation as well as H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Both pieces of legislation passed the House of Representatives this evening.

“Two years ago this weekend, Kate’s life was ended when she was gunned down by a five-time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions," Walker said. "Kate’s law will stiffen penalties helping to stop these preventable tragedies."

"Both pieces of legislation serve the basic functions of our government by keeping people of our state and country safe from those who wish to do us harm," Walker added.

The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act strengthens the law to combat dangerous policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. Kate's Law enhances the penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. 


You can watch the full speech here and above, and read the full transcript below:

Thank you Chairman Goodlatte. We appreciate your boldness in protecting the citizens of America with great legislation. When the father of Kate Steinle, Jim, testified before Congress he said:

“Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America. Unfortunately, due to unjointed laws and basic incompetence of the government, the United States has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should never been on the streets in this country.” 

Well today, we can resolve that. Two years ago this weekend, Kate’s life was ended when she was gunned down by a five-time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions.

Kate’s law will stiffen penalties helping to stop these preventable tragedies. Additionally, the House will pass the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act as well. You just heard will Democrats participate? Well, 80% of Americans support ending sanctuary cities, and no citizen should be in danger because politicians think they are above the law. So, will democrats participate? Will the listen to their constituents? 80% of Americans feel good about this law. Both pieces of legislation serve the basic functions of our government by keeping people of our state and country safe from those who wish to do us harm. 

Mr. Speaker, I yield back.

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