(Washington Times) Kate’s Law has been introduced in Congress, giving lawmakers another run at legislation to impose a mandatory minimum five-year prison term on foreigners who re-enter the U.S. after being deported.
The legislation is named for Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old who was fatally shot by a felon in San Francisco who had been deported but returned to the U.S., authorities said. The House passed the bill last year, but it died in a filibuster by Senate Democrats. The bill was introduced last week in the House by Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, and in the Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican.
“Parents should never experience the heartbreak of burying their child, but the Obama administration’s commitment to lawless immigration policy has made that tragedy the new normal,” Mr. King said.
“In his push for amnesty for criminals, the president ignored the price paid by victims — the price paid by Kate Steinle as she died in her father’s arms on San Francisco’s waterfront,” he said. “Kate’s beautiful life was taken from her on July 1, 2015, when she was shot in the back by an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times and was seeking refuge in a so-called sanctuary city.”
Meanwhile last week, a San Francisco judge allowed to go forward a family lawsuit accusing the federal government of contributing to Steinle’s death because of its failure to enforce immigration laws and other reasons.
In a 49-page order issued Friday, U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero allowed Steinle’s parents to proceed with the lawsuit against the federal government but dismissed their lawsuit against the city of San Francisco.
Investigators said Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez filed the fatal shot from a stolen .40-caliber government-issued firearm that disappeared days earlier from a Bureau of Land Management officer’s personal vehicle.