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Washington, DC—Responding to a series of violent felonies across the country, the United States Senate today considered legislation to address the problems posed by illegal immigrant criminals. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the former Chairman and current senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of these measures and spoke out in strong support of these efforts to secure communities in Utah and across the nation.

“Our immigration system is broken, and I have long been an outspoken advocate for fixing it. In doing so, my first priority has always been to ensure public safety. I firmly believe that we must apprehend, punish, and deport illegal aliens who are committing crimes and endangering our neighborhoods. So-called 'sanctuary cities’ deliberately inhibit cooperation between local and federal law enforcement authorities, posing a serious risk to the public. To address these problems, I support this legislation to get tough on these criminals and the cities that shield them from federal authorities.” 

The first piece of legislation considered by the Senate is the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which would withhold federal funding from cities with so called “sanctuary" policies that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The second piece of legislation considered by the Senate is Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot at a major San Francisco tourist attraction last year in broad daylight as she was walking with her father. The shooter was an illegal immigrant who had previously been convicted of seven felonies and deported five times. Just three months earlier, the Department of Homeland Security had asked San Francisco police to hold the shooter until the Department could put him into federal custody, but the city refused to cooperate and instead released him, in line with its sanctuary policy. Kate’s Law provides a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for any illegal immigrant who re-enters the United States having been convicted of an aggravated felony or having been twice convicted of illegally re-entering the United States.