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Smith Votes to Strengthen Immigration Law

June 29, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law. These bills combat dangerous sanctuary policies which shield criminals from prosecution and increase penalties for deported felons who illegally reenter the United States.

H.R. 3003 contains Sarah’s Law, named for Sarah Root, who was killed in Omaha on the night of her college graduation in January 2016 when an illegal immigrant driving drunk struck her car while street racing. When U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement declined to put a hold on the drunk driver, he fled. Sarah’s Law ensures illegal immigrants who kill or seriously injure another person are detained throughout their legal proceedings.

“I have long said our immigration system must be based on the rule of law,” Smith said. “The bills passed by the House today will ensure sanctuary policies cannot supersede federal immigration laws and will more heavily penalize deported felons who return. Choosing not to enforce the laws on our books encourages more people to break them – and hurts those who do follow the law. Crimes like the one committed against Sarah Root are preventable, and this legislation will help restore justice.”