VIDEO: Yoder Floor Speech on Sanctuary City Legislation
Washington, DC – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in favor of Kate’s Law, which would empower law enforcement to keep violent criminals out of our communities by increasing mandatory penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after previously being convicted with a crime. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a 257-167 bipartisan vote, with Rep. Yoder’s support.
To watch a video of Yoder's remarks, click here.
The following are Yoder’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the rule of law, of strengthening the enforcement of our immigration system, and of improving the security of our nation’s borders.
“The safety and security of our constituents should be our absolute top priority in Congress.
“Sanctuary cities are a direct threat to that safety. It’s why I led an effort to defund sanctuary cities through the appropriations process. It’s why we are here today.
“What happened to Kate Steinle was a tragedy. No parent should have to go through the anguish of losing their child, especially when it could have been avoided.
“Unfortunately the deadly toll of sanctuary cities is not limited to Kate.
“Just last year, in my own community back home in Kansas, Master Deputy Brandon Collins, a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy with nearly 21 years of service, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was preforming a routine traffic stop.
“Deputy Collins was a devoted and caring husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend whose life was tragically cut short.
“The drunk driver, who fled from the scene after the crash, was an illegal immigrant that had a prior conviction for DUI in California in 2001, and was also arrested for driving without a license in 2013.
“He never should have been behind the wheel of the car when he killed Deputy Collins!
“Despite his prior offenses, the man was able to remain in the country.
“He was able to be here to commit this crime because of the failure to enforce the law, and it ultimately led to Deputy Collins’ death.
“No nation of laws should tolerate this.
“Mr. Speaker, for these reasons – for Deputy Collins and the many other victims and their loved ones dealing with an unspeakable loss – for them, I support this bill and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in its passage.”