Schuitmaker, Colbeck resolutions see committee approval

LANSING, Mich. — Two resolutions urging the U.S. Senate to cut funding to sanctuary cities and to pass Kate’s Law received approval from the Senate Committee on Judiciary Tuesday afternoon.

“Many citizens, including myself, cannot understand why cities are getting away with knowingly violating federal law,” said state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This is purely a matter of public safety. We cannot condone welcoming people who come here illegally and providing a safe haven for them.”

Michigan Senate Concurrent Resolutions 20 and 21, sponsored by Schuitmaker and Sen. Patrick Colbeck, urge the U.S. Senate to approve Kate’s Law, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in early June. The pair of resolutions also urge the federal government to cut funding to any city that proclaims itself a sanctuary city.

U.S. House Resolution 3004, which is commonly referred to as Kate’s Law, increases penalties for those who are deported and caught trying to return to the U.S. The legislation is named after Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman who was killed by a man who had been deported numerous times, but was able to enter the U.S. again. Many attribute Steinle’s death to the city’s sanctuary city status, a term coined for cities that limit cooperation between their workers and federal officials attempting to enforce federal immigration law.

“When political considerations circumvent the rule of law, our citizens suffer — sometimes fatally, such was the case with Kate Steinle,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “We need to restore respect for the rule of law.”

Both resolutions will now go before the full Senate for further consideration.

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Editor’s note: A print-quality photograph from Wednesday’s bill signing is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorTonyaSchuitmaker.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

PHOTO CAPTION: State Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton and Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, testify before the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Senate Concurrent Resolutions 20 and 21.