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Rep. Justin Amash Was the Only Republican to Vote Against ‘Kate’s Law’

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2017 – Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, the only current member of Congress who doesn’t mind being identified as a “libertarian” without qualification, was the sole Republican member of the House to vote against the controversial “Kate’s Law” on June 29. The bill would seek to impose harsh financial penalties on so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that do not actively assist federal immigration enforcement.

Explaining his vote on Twitter, Amash said “I voted no today on two bills that together violate the 1st, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th Amendments. I will always defend our Constitution.” The 11th Amendment, less famous than the others Amash listed, was ratified in 1795 and protects the principle that states enjoy the legal privileges of sovereignty in federal court.

(Photo of Justin Amash by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

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