This law would take away some federal grants from sanctuary cities like San Francisco that don't comply with federal immigration policies.
Critics say the bills could hurt efforts of cities to get immigrants to collaborate with state and local law enforcement.
One of the bills, Kate's Law - named for Kate Steinle, a tourist to San Francisco who was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant - imposes strict minimum prison sentences on deportees who return to the U.S. Kathryn Steinle was killed on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by a man previously deported several times. a San Francisco woman shot to death by a man being sought for deportation filed legal claims against San Francisco and federal officials in connection with her killing. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man accused of her murder (he's pleaded not guilty), served a sentence in federal prison for reentering the United States illegally after being deported.
"The bills we just passed are about compassion - they're about ensuring justice for the Hacking Family, and for all the victims of violent crimes that have been committed in our country due to the failure - or even outright refusal - to enforce the laws of the land".
The acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday appeared to undercut his boss, President Trump, on the same day Trump was touting two immigration bills meant to close "dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals".
H.R. 3003 reinforces Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detainer authority, establishing statutory probable cause standards that explicitly justify holding an illegal immigrant offender for federal agents. It also withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE.
The House on Thursday passed two hard-line immigration bills that would penalize illegal immigrants who commit crimes and local jurisdictions that refuse to work with federal authorities to deport them. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration, and President Donald Trump has indicated support for the bill if presented to him for approval.
Trump says he is "calling on all lawmakers to vote for these bills and to save American lives".
"Sanctuary cities are magnets for illegal immigrants including some risky people with criminal records", Roby told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The House is set to vote on the two bills Thursday.
"President Trump has been clear that our borders are not open to illegal immigration, that we are a nation of laws, and we will no longer look the other way", he said. Lopez-Sanchez had just finished a almost four-year federal prison sentence for illegally reentering the country.
"People weren't with me when I found dead aliens on a trail that were abandoned by smugglers", Homan said in response to a reporter questioning the grounds for the new measures, according to the Washington Times.
"People will go into hiding, people will not come forward to report crimes", said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) during a Thursday morning press conference on the bills, warning if the bill passes cities like New York "Will be allowing terrorists to come in and attack us again" due to lack of funds for anti-terror programs.
Past year on the campaign trail Trump stated, "On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass "Kate's Law" - named for Kate Steinle - to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal re-entry face strong mandatory minimum sentences".