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Meet the Republican Who Voted Against Kate's Law

by Shawn M. Griffiths, published

A bill that creates tougher policies for illegal re-entry into the US passed the House Thursday. It's called Kate's Law, and it nearly got unanimous approval from Republicans. Nearly. There was one Republican who voted against it.

Meet Justin Amash.

US Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is a hardline libertarian Republican. He has built a reputation of voting against government intervention of all types and has never been afraid to buck the GOP establishment or vote against the party's interests.

Some even say he is the next "Dr. No," the nickname Dr. Ron Paul was given during his tenure in the House for his uncompromising stance on the role of government and the number of "no" votes he cast while in office.

Amash is usually transparent about his votes in the House. He will post a statement on Facebook or Twitter following each floor vote explaining why he voted the way he did.

Amash voted against Kate's Law (HR 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (HR 3003). HR 3003 cuts federal grant funding for "sanctuary cities," jurisdictions that limit their cooperation in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. More Republicans voted against this bill, totaling 7, including Amash.

Rep. Amash offered the following explanation on Facebook for his vote on HR 3003:

What do you think? Is Amash right or wrong about Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act?

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