7/3: Kate’s Law & No Sanctuary for Criminals Legislation
These bills are controversial, effectively serving as attacks on sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law increases the minimum penalties for any immigrant who attempts to re-enter the US after being deported. Written in reaction to the death of Katie Steinle in San Francisco, the bill feeds off of the fear of immigrants even though studies show immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than those born in the US. The “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” takes aim at sanctuary cities themselves, overriding their local detention policies and barring them from receiving Homeland Security and Justice Department Grants if they don’t comply. Together, these bills would increase our already sky-high prison population as well as the fear level within our immigrant communities.
HOUSE OR SENATE BILL #:
Rapid fire legislation passed the House. HR3004 (Kate’s Law) and HR3003 (No Sanctuary for Criminals) were introduced on June 22 and were pushed through bypassing legislative procedure norms, without committee hearings or the amendment process.
SUGGESTED MEMBER SCRIPT:
“Hi, my name is …, I’m a constituent from “i.e., Durango” zip code 81***. I am opposed to Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. These bills will jeopardize local law enforcement’s ability to protect our cities/towns and instill even more fear among our immigrant communities. Urge our Senators to oppose these bills. Register opposition to Tipton because of his action of voting for these bills.
Thank you for your time and attention.
WHO MEMBER IS TO CONTACT:
Senator Michael Bennet
(970) 259-1710 (Durango) (202) 224-5852 (DC Office)
Senator Cory Gardner
(970) 415-7416 (Durango) (202) 224-5941 (DC Office)
Representative Scott Tipton
(970) 259-1490 (Durango) (202) 225-4761 (DC Office)
WHEN IS MEMBER TO CALL OR WRITE:
Please contact legislators before they reconvene after
the 4th of July. If leaving a voice mail, include your address.