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House passes bills targeting sanctuary cities, serial deportees

House passes bills targeting sanctuary cities, serial deportees

On Thursday, the House passed two immigration-related bills heavily promoted by President Trump, largely along party lines. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act — which would bar so-called sanctuary cities from receiving many federal grants and opens them up to liability lawsuits from people victimized by illegal immigrants — passed 228-195, with seven Republicans voting against it and three Democrats voting yes. "Kate's Law," which would increase prison sentences for illegal immigrants who were deported and returned to the U.S., passed on a 257-157 vote, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes. After the vote, Trump urged the Senate to take up the legislation, though the bills face an uncertain fate in the upper chamber. Last year, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won a vote on a version of "Katie's Law," and it failed.