In a major victory for President Trump’s immigration agenda, “Kate’s Law” – a bill that severely increases the punishment for illegal aliens who try to return to the US after previous deportations – has just passed through the House of Representatives.
Kate’s Law is named after the late Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal alien, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. The story of the beautiful young girl, dying in her father’s arms after being shot by an illegal alien who had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions, shook the country to its core. Having occurred shortly after Trump jumped into the presidential race, it proved that his emphasis on illegal immigration was justified after all.
In the aftermath of her murder, Kate’s Law and another illegal immigration bill were both originally voted on by the Senate in July of 2016. Both passed with just over 50 votes each, but were killed by the Democrats’ filibuster.
Kate’s Law was reintroduced to the House of Representatives earlier today by Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia’s 6th district. Not only did it pass, but in a shocking outcome for this hyper-polarized era, it actually passed with bipartisan support. In addition to being supported by every Republican except for one, it also saw 24 Democrats vote yes, for a final total of 257 votes in favor, 157 votes against.
In addition to Kate’s Law, another bill called the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act was also passed in the House, at 228-195 (7 Republicans voted no, while 3 Democrats voted yes). This bill seeks to crack down on cities and states that defy federal immigration law to provide so-called “sanctuary” for illegal aliens.
Both bills now go to the Senate, where they are likely to be supported by all Republicans and even a handful of red-state Democrats – including Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp – who all previously supported similar bills in 2016, and all of whom are up for reelection next year. If other Senate Democrats try to filibuster these again, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could very well use the “nuclear option” once again, just as he did with the nomination of Justice Gorsuch, and allow both bills to pass with simple majorities.
Once this is done, President Trump will sign both into law, accomplish a major legislative victory, and come that much closer to Making America Safe Again.