BIG WIN: House Passes ‘Kate’s Law’ (VIDEO)

BIG WIN: House Passes ‘Kate’s Law’ (VIDEO)

Crimes committed by illegal immigrants are especially hard for some Americans to bear, as they believe that the crime would never have happened had the illegal immigrant not been permitted to stay in the country. Sanctuary cities that protect these illegal immigrants only make the matter even more contentious. But now, with Kate’s Law passing the House, the country has moved one step closer to solving the problem.

Kate’s Law is named for Kathryn Steinle, a San Francisco woman murdered by an illegal immigrant. Her assailant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchezm was still living in the United States, despite having been deported five times. He also had seven felony convictions.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city, which bans police and local officials from questioning someone’s immigration status.

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The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by Donald Trump, would increase penalties for illegal immigrants who have been deported and are caught trying to return to the United States. It passed the House with a vote of 257-157 along bipartisan lines, with only one Republican voting no, and 24 Democrats voting yes.

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged lawmakers to vote in favor of the bill. “He should not have been here, and she should not have died,” he said. “Our job here is to make sure that those professionals have the tools that they need and the resources that they need to carry out their work and to protect our communities. That is what these measures are all about.”

Another bill was also passed, the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” which would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities. This passed with a vote of 228-195, with three Democrats voting in favor and seven Republicans voting against it.

Donald Trump took to Twitter to praise the passage of Kate’s Law in the House:

Trump highlighted similar cases on Wednesday, meeting with over a dozen families of people who had been killed by illegal immigrants. He promised that, if the bills pass the Senate, he would act swiftly. “I promise you, it will be done quickly,” he said. “You don’t have to wait the mandatory period. It will be very quick.”

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