Two Senate bills designed to protect American citizens from illegal immigrants died on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Kate’s law and a bill to defund cities that grant sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Each of the bills garnered support from a majority of senators – but not the 60 votes necessary to avoid a filibuster.
One of the two bills was Kate’s Law, which would have strengthened the sentences for people who are caught entering the country illegally two or more times.
Introduced by Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) the legislation is named after Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in July 2015 by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and had been deported from the United States five times. Ms. Steinle was shot to death while she was walking along the San Francisco pier with her dad.
Kate’s law was designed to strengthen federal law by increasing the maximum sentence for illegal reentry into the U.S. to five years. It created a new illegal reentry penalty of up to 10 years for anyone who had previously been denied admission or deported at least three times, and would have imposed 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 twice before.
The final vote on Kate’s law was 55-42, five less than needed for cloture.
After the vote, Senator Cruz remarked:
It is disappointing to see Democratic leaders stand with convicted felons rather than the American people. Once again, many Democrats have politicized an issue that shouldn’t be a red state/blue state issue. Americans are tired of politicians standing with violent criminal illegal aliens. This should bring us together. We should protect the American people.
The second bill, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, was introduced by Senator [score]Pat Toomey[/score] (R-PA). The sanctuary city bill also has ties to Kate Steinle…