Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Iowa Rep. Steve King have reintroduced Kate’s Law, an immigration bill conceived two years ago by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in response to the murder of San Francisco native Kathryn Steinle by a five-time deported illegal immigrant.
If passed, the bill would impose a minimum five-year federal prison sentence on any illegal immigrant who returns to the states after his or her first deportation.
Originally introduced in the summer of 2015 by former Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, the bill failed to gain traction. But with a stalwart GOP leader on his way to the White House, both Cruz and King hoped things might be different this time around.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues and President-elect Trump to once and for all prevent cities from harboring illegal aliens, enforce federal immigration laws, and ensure the safety and security of the American people,” Cruz wrote in a statement published to his Senate webpage.
“I know that President-elect Trump will fight for the safety and security of the American people by actually enforcing our federal immigration laws,” King added in his own statement.
Speaking Monday night on his Fox News program, Bill O’Reilly offered his own take on the reintroduction of this long-sought-after law, saying, “No American family should suffer at the hands of convicted foreign felons who defy deportation.”
“‘Talking Points’ believes one of the main reasons Donald Trump won the presidency is that he felt outrage over Kate Steinle, while many other politicians, including the entire Democratic Party and President Obama, did not,” he continued. “Even if you are not politically involved, failing to harshly punish foreigners who defy deportation after committing heinous crimes in this country is inexcusable.”
You can watch his comments here:
The truth is that this bill should have been signed into law a long time ago, but because of the intransigence of the president and Democrats in Congress who apparently care more about the concerns of illegal immigrants than they do about the American people, the bill has been stalled for two years.
Thanks to President-elect Donald Trump, however, it appears things are finally about to change.
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