Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act continue to languish in the Senate in the wake of a California court’s verdict of “not guilty” for Kate Steinle’s illegal immigrant killer. Both bills passed through the House of Representatives in June.
The House passed two immigration reform bills in June, Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which marked two of the country’s first steps towards a pro-American immigration policy despite widespread Democrat opposition.
Kate’s Law was named after Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman murdered by five-time deportee and seven-time felon illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco López-Sánchez.
A jury found Zarate not guilty Thursday evening in the case of the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle.
President Donald Trump called this ruling a “disgraceful verdict.” Angel families called the verdict a “huge slap” in the face.
Kate’s Law increases penalties for illegal immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the country illegally. Trump applauded the bill’s passage through the House, saying, “Every year, countless Americans are victimized, assaulted, and killed by illegal immigrants who have been deported multiple times. It is time for these tragedies to end.”
The House also passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act in June, which restricts taxpayer grant money to cities that prevent their police from turning over dangerous criminal aliens to federal authorities.
Trump noted in June, “The House bill also includes what is known as Grant’s Law and Sarah’s Law. These provisions, which prevent the release of dangerous criminals awaiting removal proceedings, are named for two slain Americans whose parents I spent time with during the campaign.”
President Trump in June also called on the Senate to pass Kate’s Law as well as the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act:
Good news, House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
Frustrated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for holding up more than 300 House-passed bills, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) chastised McConnell and called on the Senate to drop the legislative filibuster to pass President Trump’s agenda.
King spoke about the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. “We had a tragedy in San Francisco with the murder of Kate Steinle. She was murdered by an illegal immigrant who was deported five times,” he said. “But he kept coming back to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city. Kate Steinle now rests in her grave, and America feels her pain.”
“If we got rid of the Senate filibuster, we would see more action on this bill,” King declared.