The other bill the House passed is the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. San Francisco and other California communities have already gone to court to challenge Trump's executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.
With Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act now moving to the Senate, the House will be under vast pressure to pass the Davis-Oliver Act, a comprehensive enforcement bill that was recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
"The implementation of these policies will make our communities safer", the president said in a statement. Its aim is to prevent tragedies of the kind that befell Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed in 2015 by an undocumented immigrant.
"Kate's Law" would impose harsher mandatory minimum prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States, with stronger penalty increases for those who have been convicted of non-immigration crimes.
House cracks down on illegal immigrant crime with two BIG votes
In recent months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pointed out that Lopez-Sanchez had been deported several times before Steinle's murder.
After President Trump met Wednesday with relatives of victims of acts committed by undocumented immigrants, the House Judiciary Committee gave the go-ahead to begin voting on both proposals today, "ensuring they had the 18 necessary votes in the plenary".
The 2018 budget proposed by the White House calls for $1.6 billion for constructing the wall. Kate's Law does this by increasing the penalties associated with repeated illegal entry into the United States.
President Trump on Thursday applauded the votes by the House, and urged the Senate to follow suit.More news: Led coalition says hit Islamic State targets in Syrian town
"Unlawful immigrants who break the law should be turned over to federal authorities", Lance said. He hit a roadblock, though: Although his administration implied jurisdictions were breaking the law by not fully cooperating with ICE, that wasn't true. Together these bills ensure that taxpayers dollars are not being used to subsidize "sanctuary cities", and increase prison sentences for immigrants convicted of illegally re-entering the USA following deportation.
As for the blatantly illegal sanctuary-city movement, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said this week he supports letting victims of criminal aliens to sue sanctuary city officials who allowed the criminals to stay. It's the incident that shaped his campaign rhetoric, his campaign vows to tighten the borders - to go after sanctuary cities and strip these houses of liberal law of federal money.
Despite the House passage of the two bills on Thursday, Democrats are likely to present a roadblock in the Senate. Under the bill, people could be sentenced to up to 25 years if they reentered the USA after being convicted of certain crimes, some of them immigration-related.
"It's time to support our police to protect our families and to save American lives and also to start getting smart", Trump said.More news: Covington finishes 4th in Defensive Player of the Year voting
The House is set to vote on the two bills Thursday. Both bills now shift to the Senate.
"You lost people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws and that's including the existing immigration laws", Trump told more than a dozen people gathered in the White House Cabinet Room.
That proposal includes all of the provisions in the "No Sanctuary" and "Kate's Law" bills, and also provides for the hiring of over 10,000 new immigration officers, allows local law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration law and authorizes deportation of all immigrants - legal and illegal - who are members of criminal gangs.More news: Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges