In an effort to fulfill one of President Trump’s most touted campaign promises, Republicans are working to pass “Kate’s Law” which would impose a mandatory five-year minimum prison sentence for illegal immigrants who have twice been charged with unlawfully re-entering the country or have prior aggravated felony convictions.
Kate’s Law is named in memory of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot by a Mexican illegal immigrant who had re-entered the United States after being convicted of a separate crime and deported.
According to The Hill, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) have included language for Kate’s Law in a larger border security bill on which they are working.
The bill is a priority for Trump, and will put Democrats on the defensive on immigration since Senate Democrats successfully blocked similar legislation in 2015 and 2016.
In a May 2 tweet from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, he is pictured with White House strategist Stephen Bannon standing in front of a whiteboard that details Bannon’s to-do list. Under the header “Pledges on Immigration,” “pass ‘Kate’s law’” appears.
The border security bill also includes provisions for the addition of 10,000 detention beds each year for the next four years, an increase of border patrol agents from 21,000 to 26,370 and the requirement that U.S. attorneys prosecute individuals who are detained within 100 miles of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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