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House Republicans push bills to crack down on illegal immigration

By on June 29, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, left, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican-led House is moving forward with legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, a priority for President Donald Trump.

A bill known as “Kate’s Law” would impose harsher prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States.

The bill is named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in California in 2015 by a man who was in the U.S. illegally.

A second bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign. He met at the White House on Wednesday with more than a dozen people whose family members were killed by people who were in the country illegally.

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