Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Votes for New Measures to Protect U.S. Citizens from Criminal Activity by Illegal Aliens

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) today released the following statement in response to passage of Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act which contains Sarah and Grant’s Law:

“As any Texan would tell you, our national borders are not secure enough,” said Hensarling. “It is refreshing to finally have a President who will protect our national security and economic interests. While I believe America is truly a nation of immigrants, it is important to protect and defend our citizens and the people who come here legally to chase the American dream. Today, the House passed measures that protect our country and crack down on illegal immigration.

“Named after a young woman who was shot to death by a seven-time convicted felon and illegal immigrant, Kate’s Law will increase strength in punishment for illegal immigrants with previous criminal records who have re-entered the United States illegally. These changes are critical to the safety of our country, and it is unbearable to think about the American lives lost due to systemic failure in our immigration system. This kind of tragedy is preventable, and I am proud of the House of Representatives for passing this bill today.

“The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act combats harmful sanctuary policies and works to curb the number of unlawful immigrants from remaining in our country. Through this bill, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is allowed to rely on probable cause to initiate detainers for the first time. In addition, federal funding can be withheld from jurisdictions who do not comply and communicate with ICE while protecting the jurisdictions who do. Moreover, victims of offenses committed by criminal illegal immigrants are enabled to sue jurisdictions that do not comply with federal law.

Through Sarah and Grant’s Law, which is contained in the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, illegal immigrants who are convicted of dangerous crimes are detained through the duration of their removal proceedings. This section honors the lives of Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck who regrettably lost their lives at the hands of criminal illegal immigrants who continued to commit dangerous crimes. We will pray for all families who fall victim to these senseless crimes and work diligently to keep dangerous illegal immigrants off of our streets.”