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'Kate's Law,' Sanctuary City Legislation Gets Vote in the Senate

Thursday offers a few positive steps toward Congress' goal to strengthen America’s immigration laws.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced Kate’s Law last July after 32-year-old Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal immigrant. Her killer had been deported five times previously before returning to San Francisco, a “sanctuary city” that has dangerously relaxed immigration policies. Kate’s Law would place a minimum sentence of five years on any illegal immigrant who reenters the country.

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After months of inaction, the common sense legislation will finally get a vote this July.

“The problem of illegal immigration in this country will never be solved until we demonstrate to the American people that we are serious about securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws,” Cruz said in a statement Thursday.

Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) proposed legislation to stop sending congressional funds to sanctuary cities will also get a vote.

Meanwhile, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) have introduced Sarah’s Law to demand change after 21-year-old Iowan Sarah Root was killed by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk. 

Sarah's Law would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of an individual who is in the country illegally and is charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Sasse.

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