Jul 14, 2015 Issues: Illegal Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) became a cosponsor of H.R. 3011, Kate’s Law, introduced by Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-5). The bill would ensure that any adult illegal immigrant who is deported from the United States and chooses to again enter our country illegally will face a sentence of no less than five years in prison. The bill is named in memory of Kate Steinle, who was gunned down in San Francisco by an illegal alien, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had possession of a federal agent’s handgun. Lopez-Sanchez has been deported from the United States five times over the last 21 years.

Congressman Jones also became an original cosponsor of H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52), and H.R. 2942, Grant’s Law, introduced by Congressman Matt Salmon last week. H.R. 3009 would deny federal funding to sanctuary cities across the United States. Grant’s Law, named after Grant Ronnebeck, a 21 year-old cashier murdered by an illegal alien who was a convicted felon, requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep illegal alien criminals in custody and to complete deportation proceedings within 90 days of arrest.

“Kate Steinle’s murder is a grim reminder of the violent crimes committed every day across the whole United States by illegal aliens,” said Congressman Jones. “One of the primary purposes of government is to protect American citizens, and once again the Obama administration has failed the American people. Sanctuary cities provide protection to violent illegal aliens at the expense of law-abiding American citizens. It’s outrageous, and it’s got to stop. I have consistently voted to stop illegal immigration into this country and to stem the flow of benefits to those who have broken our immigration laws. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure American citizens are kept safe from violent illegal aliens.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Jones reintroduced H.R.1041, the Jamiel Shaw, II. Memorial Act, which would require states to track and report crimes committed by illegal aliens to the FBI as a condition for receiving any funds from the Department of Homeland Security. The bill is named after Jamiel Shaw Jr., who was murdered by an illegal alien and DREAMer, Pedro Espinoza, in Los Angeles on March 2, 2008. Congressman Jones first introduced this bill in the 113th Congress, where it was referred to the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.