Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Rothfus Supports Legislation to Keep Americans Safe

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] released the following statement after the House passed two bills to strengthen federal immigration laws, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004).

“The bills we passed today will help ensure no more families suffer a senseless loss like the family of Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien in a so-called sanctuary city. The bills will encourage jurisdictions and individuals who have become accustomed to flouting the rule of law to respect it once again. Perhaps what is most tragic about Kate’s death and others like hers is that they could have and should have been prevented,” said Congressman Rothfus. “This legislation encourages stronger enforcement of our federal immigration law, in order to keep our families and communities safe.”

Under the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, states and localities that refuse to follow Federal law will no longer be eligible to receive certain federal grants. Funds withheld from sanctuary cities will be reallocated to states and localities that comply with federal law.

Kate’s Law increases minimum penalties for unlawful immigrants who re-enter the United States illegally. Kate Steinle, the bill’s namesake, was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal alien, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had seven felony convictions. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times. Because San Francisco is one of approximately 300 cities that refuse to turn over criminal illegal aliens to federal law enforcement, Kate Steinle’s murderer was not in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) but instead free to walk the streets, and ultimately, commit this heinous and tragic murder.