Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance: Enforce Immigration Laws

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release
Two Immigration Enforcement Measures Pass House

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported two strong immigration enforcement bills.  H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, prohibits state and local government entities from mandating noncompliance with federal immigration enforcement and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, that increases penalties for unlawful immigrants who reenter the United States following their removal.

We are a nation of immigrants.  But that does not mean we do not enforce our immigration laws.  Sanctuary cities intentionally violate federal law.  Unlawful immigrants who break the law should be turned over to federal authorities.  What is the explanation leaders in sanctuary cities offer to the victims of crimes committed by these persons? There is no excuse for not cooperating with federal authorities who are pursuing a criminal,” said Lance. 

H.R. 3003 prevents all federal, state and local government entities from prohibiting compliance with federal immigration laws.  States and localities not in compliance are ineligible to receive federal grant funding and cannot receive funding for the incarceration of unauthorized aliens.  H.R. 3004 is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman in San Francisco who was murdered by an unlawful immigrant who had been previously removed several times and reentered the United States. The bill enhances the current maximum sentences for illegal reentry.

"This is not a larger debate about immigration reform or securing our borders.  This legislation is about enforcing the law and ridding our nation of criminals like Kate Steinle’s murderer.  Law enforcement needs to enforce the law and not be stopped by local ordinances that make political statements.  These bills discourage illegal immigration and warn localities to communicate and cooperate with federal authorities,” Lance concluded.