GOP-led House ap­proves il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion bills

The Detroit News - - Front Page -

Washington — Warn­ing of threats to pub­lic safety and na­tional se­cu­rity, the Repub­li­can-led House on Thurs­day ap­proved two bills to crack down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, a key pri­or­ity for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

One bill would strip fed­eral dol­lars from self-pro­claimed “sanc­tu­ary” cities that shield res­i­dents from fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion author­i­ties, while a sep­a­rate mea­sure would stiffen pun­ish­ments for peo­ple who re-en­ter the U.S. il­le­gally.

The sanc­tu­ary mea­sure was ap­proved 228-195. The bill to pun­ish de­por­tees was ap­proved 257-167. Three Democrats joined all but seven Repub­li­cans to pass the sanc­tu­ary mea­sure, while 24 Democrats backed the de­por­tee bill.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michi­gan was the only Repub­li­can who op­posed the de­por­tee bill. The bills go to the Se­nate.

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