Democrats in both the House and Senate – during Congressional hearings Thursday – referenced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, attempting to take jabs at the GOP frontrunner.
During the House debate over the bill – “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” – Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) took a swipe at Trump.
“Donald Trump is trying to get to the White House, but it looks like he’s already infiltrated Congress,” said Cardenas. “This bill on the floor of this House today has Donald Trump written all over it.”
The Act would essentially block sanctuary cities, which refuse to enforce federal immigration law, from receiving federal funding.
The measure passed the House with large Republican support in a final 241-179 vote. Six Democrats joined the Republican majority.
“Democrats have pejoratively labeled the legislation ‘The Donald Trump Act,’ tying the proposal to the volatile presidential candidate and his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants,” ABC News reported.
There are reports that President Obama has already vowed to use his veto pen on the bill.
The issue of sanctuary cities became a large issue recently when an illegal immigrant who was a repeat felon, but was not deported because he stayed in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, allegedly murdered Kate Steinle.
“We had a horrible tragedy that was preventable,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Cities do not have the right to ignore federal laws that require them to incarcerate people who commit serious felonies.”
Democrats are calling the Republican legislation too restrictive.
“The man who killed Kathryn Steinle should be punished to the full extent of the law,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA).
“Don’t take the Donald Trump bait,” he stated. “Don’t punish others for the crimes of the few.”
On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry on the Iran deal.
During her questioning, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who defended Kerry against many Republicans critical of the negotiations with Iran,also took a jab at Donald Trump.
“Would you just thank Wendy Sherman for me, personally for her work? Donald Trump said something, ‘Why don’t you bring women into this negotiation, it would go much better.’ Well, she was the chief negotiation – she’s fantastic, I wish she was here,” Boxer said to Kerry as she mocked Trump and cheerleaded the Iran negotiation.