Immigration, Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, Senate sponsor of Kate’s Law, praises House passage of bill

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As Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz fought to protect the Lone Star State’s right to execute illegal aliens who commit murder.

Now, as Senator, he’s the lead sponsor of Kate’s Law.  Named for Kate Steinle, murdered by an illegal alien and repeat felon in the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco, the bill would raise prison penalties for repeat illegal alien offenders.

The House passed its version of the bill this week, which Cruz praised.

“The House of Representatives took a tremendous step today to protect our national security and ensure the safety of our communities by passing Kate’s Law,” said Sen. Cruz. “I applaud their efforts, and I look forward to the Senate swiftly taking up this bill and hopefully, passing it. We must protect the American people, and Kate’s Law will save lives by ensuring that violent illegal immigrants who repeatedly flout our laws are taken off the streets for good.”

Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle. Two years ago this week, on a San Francisco pier, Kate was shot and killed by an immigrant who had committed numerous felonies and been deported and illegally reentered the country five times. She died in her father’s arms. Kate’s Law would increase the maximum sentence for illegal reentry to five years and create a new illegal reentry penalty of up to 10 years for anyone who had previously been denied admission or deported at least three times. It would also impose a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of illegal reentry who had a prior aggravated felony or had been convicted of illegal reentry at least twice before. Sen. Cruz is the lead sponsor of Kate’s Law (S. 45) in the Senate. The bill currently has 13 co-sponsors.

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