“Trump’s policy goals will, if fully implemented, take a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty.”
—Frank Sharry, America’s Voice

The U.S. House helped advance a central plank of President Donald Trump’s agenda on Thursday by passing two immigration laws that were swiftly denounced by critics as “xenophobic” and “riddled with constitutional violations.”

The Washington Post summarized the bills:

“Kate’s Law” passed with a vote of 257-167, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act passed with a vote of 228-195.

While the Trump administration and House Republicans framed the measures as necessary for public safety, Democrats decried the bills as “draconian” and argued that they demonize those entering the country to reunite with their families.

Speaking on the House floor ahead of the vote, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) called the legislation “dangerous” and “anti-immigrant,” and charged that the bills “perpetuate the fiction that immigrants are somehow inherently criminal. Nothing could be further from the truth.”