Kate's Law would increase the penalties for deported illegal aliens who try to return to the United States. The House also passed another bill that would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities.
Kate Steinle was killed in San Francisco by an illegal alien who was in the U.S. despite being deported a number of times.
Speaker Paul Ryan said today:
“He should not have been here, and she should not have died. 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."
The family members recounted the stories of their loved ones' deaths. Mary Ann Mendoza was there yesterday. Her son Brandon, who was a deputy sheriff in Arizona, was killed by an illegal immigrant drunk driver in a crash.
Mary Ann joined us this afternoon to remember her son and to talk about the passing of today's bills:
Art Arthur, Resident Fellow in Law and Policy for the Center for Immigration Studies also talked with us this afternoon regarding the new bills:
Sabine Durden, an Angel Mom and co-founder of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) joined us as well today. Her son was killed by an illegal alien who had a criminal record, including DUI convictions, and was let off with a slap on the wrist: