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The Latest: House OKs 2 bills on illegal immigration

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, joins House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as the Republican-led House pushes ahead on legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017. One bill would strip federal funds from "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate bill would stiffen punishments on people who re-enter the U.S. Illegally. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration policy (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The Republican-led House has approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally.

The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. The bills now go to the Senate.

Trump, who often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, is hailing passage of the House bills and urging the Senate to act “save American lives.” Trump met at the White House this week with more than a dozen family members of those killed by people in the country illegally.

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6:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is hailing passage of two House bills that seek to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for the president and his voting base.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally. The House approved both bills on Thursday.

Trump is urging the Senate to follow the House’s lead, saying that implementation of the policies “will make our communities safer.”

Trump says he is “calling on all lawmakers to vote for these bills and to save American lives.”

Democrats counter that the bills are feel-good measures intended to make lawmakers look tough on crime and would not have the intended affect.

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5:55 p.m.

The House has approved two bills that seek to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers supporting the legislation, most of them Republicans, warn of threats to public safety and national security posed by immigration problems.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

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5:35 p.m.

The House has approved a bill to stiffen punishments for immigrants who re-enter the United States illegally.

The bill is the second of two immigration measures the House passed Thursday as it moves to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

A separate measure would strip federal dollars from “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, and his support for tougher immigration policies is crucial to his voting base.

The bill imposing harsher prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States is known as “Kate’s Law.” It is named after Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by a man who was in the country illegally.

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5:25 p.m.

The House has approved a bill to strip federal dollars from “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

The bill is one of two immigration measures the House was considering Thursday as it moves to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump. A separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally.

Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign, and his support for tougher immigration policies is crucial to his voting base.

The sanctuary measure was approved, 228-195. It would bar states and localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities from receiving certain Justice Department and Homeland Security grants, including some related to law enforcement and terrorism.

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12:10 p.m.

The Republican-led House is moving forward with legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, a priority for President Donald Trump.

A bill known as “Kate’s Law” would impose harsher prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States.

The bill is named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in California in 2015 by a man who was in the U.S. illegally.

A second bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

Trump often railed against illegal immigration during his presidential campaign. He met at the White House on Wednesday with more than a dozen people whose family members were killed by people who were in the country illegally.

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