FROM Seung Min Kim
Sanctuary Cities Targeted by Lawmakers The Senate votes tomorrow on a bill that would deny federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities, which protect undocumented immigrants from being deported. Los Angeles and San Francisco are both sanctuary cities. The bill would also put stricter prison sentences on those who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. The House passed its version of this bill in July, after the death of Kate Steinle, a woman in San Francisco who was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant. That immigrant had been released from jail instead of handed over to federal immigration officials.
Sanctuary Cities In a nearly four-hour hearing in the House this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson answered questions about the killing, earlier this month, of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. One of those questions was why an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions hadn’t been deported. Steinle was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who admitted killing her but maintains that it was an accident. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported back to Mexico five times, and had recently been released from a federal prison.
First African-American Woman Sworn In as Attorney General More than 160 days since she was confirmed by the Senate, Loretta Lynch was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden today as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Seung Min Kim reports on the Justice Department for Politico .
House Votes to Roll Back Obama's Immigration Actions Most House Republicans today voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security with amendments designed to kill the President's executive orders shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Speaker John Boehner denied the move was a dispute between parties, but rather an " executive overreach " and "an affront to the rule of law and to the constitution itself." Today's amended bill passed, satisfying hard-line party members but some moderates are unhappy, as we hear from Seung Min Kim, who reports for Politico .
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?