Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Congressman Williams Votes in Favor of Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), today voted for the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), that are the beginning of Congress’ efforts to improve our nation’s immigration system.
“For years, there has been a disconnect between the American public and the lack of immigration enforcement that allows the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies. H.R. 3003 is an effort to combat our troubled immigration system that shields unlawful criminals from federal immigration enforcement. Cities that have a disregard for federal laws should not be rewarded.  Sanctuary cities put innocent lives at risk. Period. For that reason, I am pleased about the passage of this bill that will enforce harsher punishments and protect the American people.
“H.R. 3004, or Kate’s Law, should not have been necessary today. While I am proud to have cast my vote in favor of this bill, I am also disgusted that Congress was forced to act. Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who has previously been deported five times. Five times is five too many for someone who should have never made it this far into our country in the first place. This law will enhance penalties for deported felons to help ensure they are not allowed back into the United States and able to harm innocent Americans. 
“These two bills will help strengthen our broken immigration system and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass them immediately.”

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