The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill barring some Justice Department grants for “sanctuary cities,” which Politico describes as tough-on-crime legislation that could run into resistance for not being sufficiently conservative. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to take up the issue after an emotional hearing yesterday featuring Jim Steinle, whose daughter Kathryn was killed in San Francisco, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant with a lengthy felony record.
While Steinle was careful to acknowledge that the nation's immigration laws were complicated, he made it clear that his family wants to see legislation “to take these undocumented immigrant felons off our streets for good.” He added that, “Unfortunately, due to disjointed laws and basic incompetence on many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should have never been on the streets in this country.” Action on any legislation would be a major shift. Immigration reform had been left for dead since the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul more than two years ago. Now Republicans and even some Democrats are pushing legislation to punish “sanctuary cities,” like San Francisco, that don't abide by federal immigration requests.