On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often cited the tragic death of Katie Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant deported five times prior when making the case for his strict immigration policies, and as his administration continues to crack down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. In fact the bill in Katie’s name just passed the House.
“Kate’s Law” passed 257 to 157, with all Republicans but Michigan’s Rep. Justin Amash voting in favor, and 24 Democrats coming on board. The law increases penalties for deported illegal immigrants who are caught trying to return.
Amash’s lone vote against the bill has attracted no shortage of concern and criticism from a number of conservatives.
— Steve Hirsch (@Stevenwhirsch99) June 29, 2017
— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) June 30, 2017
Illegal aliens don't have Constitutional rights.
We, the voters and constituents, do.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 30, 2017
Don't let him get away with it. @MIGOP
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) June 30, 2017
Amash is unique in that he posts a brief explanation for every vote he makes on his social media afterwards, so it was just a matter of time until he posted one, but he didn’t elaborate much.
I voted no today on two bills that together violate the 1st, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th Amendments. I will always defend our Constitution.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 29, 2017
Let’s review those constitutional amendments he believes Kate’s law supposedly violates…
1st – Freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the press.
4th – Protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
5th – Protects individuals from being compelled to testify against themselves (i.e. “pleading the fifth”).
10th – Powers not delegated in the Constitution are reserved to the states.
11th – Concerns citizens ability to sue States.
So, what part of the Constitution would’ve been violated by Kate’s law? It’s unclear, but what is clear is that 257 of his fellow Representatives disagreed with the assessment. What this vote does do is further confirm the suspicions of Trump’s base who see Amash as a member of the “swamp.” As Breitbart noted, Congressman Amash became one of the Republican lawmakers to discuss impeaching President Donald Trump.
When The New York Times reported that President Trump allegedly tried to pressure former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey.
Amash, asked if the details of the Comey memo were true, said, “Yes,” that he would support impeachment if they were true.
“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” the Michigan representative added.
The contrarian congressman said that he would support the FBI director’s word over President Trump’s. He admitted, “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey.”
His vote may have had no influence on the bill’s fate, but it is a concern when someone’s reasoning for voting against it is to defend the Constitutional rights of those who are’t legally entitled to any.