Kate's Law, which just passed in the House, is based in myth
- Author: Marjorie Miles Jul 01, 2017,
Jul 01, 2017, 0:15
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters earlier this week that the bill's aim of cracking down on state and local governments for releasing illegal immigrants earlier than officially permitted would make the jobs of local law enforcement more hard.
"Kate's Law" is named after Cal Poly graduate Kathryn Steinle, who allegedly was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015 by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who had repeatedly entered the country illegally and was released from jail by sheriff's officials despite a request by immigration officials to keep him behind bars.
Lopez-Sanchez, of Texas, has pleaded not guilty to the crime, but the fatal shooting put San Francisco's sanctuary city policy in the national spotlight.
During his floor remarks, Barletta discussed meeting the family of Derek Kichline, a 29-year-old father of three young children who in 2006 was murdered while working on his truck in Hazleton by an illegal immigrant who had been released by law enforcement a number of times, including by the sanctuary city of NY.
One was Kate's Law, which mandates a minimum five-year prison sentence for anyone who re-enters the country illegally at least twice after being deported.
The bill stipulates that an undocumented immigrant who has a criminal record who tries to reenter the USA could face 10 to 25 years in jail.
The other bill, called the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would bar some federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities and allow victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue those cities.
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The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195.
Check back for updates on this developing story. All levels of government should be responsible to follow and enforce the laws of our nation. If the measures pass the upper chamber, sanctuary cities - which don't require law enforcement officers to cooperate with immigration authorities - would lose access to taxpayer-funded federal grants if they don't comply with the law.
In an op-ed this week pushing for both bills, Sessions doubled down on his condemnation of sanctuary cities.
The White House declined to comment when we contacted them for our June 22 story about the MS-13 gang. "No one died in vain I can tell you that", said the president.
Trump's immigration agenda still has an uphill climb, though, as the two bills need to clear the Senate, where Democratic support will be necessary to passage.
"You know, when you look at the legislation you look at the penalties that are in place - you've got penalties that are a maximum 10 or 20 or 25 years for people that have committed felonies that have come into the country, and they are re-entering for the third time", Blackburn said. That provision holds that illegal immigrants must be detained during removal proceedings when they are arrested or charged with causing serious injury or death. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), would also allow victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants the ability to sue sanctuary cities if they "released the alien from custody prior to the commission of such crime as a effect of the State or political subdivision's declining to honor a detainer". "I think it will encourage people to report crime", she said.
This announcement comes as Tom Homan, Acting Director of ICE, met with President Donald Trump and the families of victims killed by illegal immigrants for a round-table discussion yesterday. This will be the administration's first big legislative test on the issue of immigration.