Kate’s Law is named to memorialize Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot and killed in 2015 by an illegal alien brandishing a stolen firearm as she strolled the San Francisco pier with her father. The shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, a Mexican national, was a repeat felon who had been deported five times.
This past week, the U.S. House passed two bills to address the laxity that allowed this tragedy, and other such crimes, to occur.
The bills — Kate’s Law (HR 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (HR 3003) — increase penalties for illegals who reenter the United States after being deported for criminal acts. Sanctuary cities or states that provide protections to illegals would be ineligible for certain federal funds. Arizona U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD 5) co-authored HR 3003, which included his bill Grant’s Law.
It was a victory that Kate’s Law passed. That it passed with these skewed, largely party line numbers — 257-167 — stands as a stark reminder that liberals appear content with the status quo.
Rep. Biggs’ excellent commentary — “Dealing with illegals who deal in crime,” appeared in the Thursday edition of the Washington Times, describing the pressing need for the legislation. Biggs provides background that takes the victims from momentary names in the news to real people whose lives were brutally taken by criminal aliens.
In 2015, Seeing Red AZ detailed the callus murder of Grant Ronnebeck, a 21-year-old Mesa convenience store clerk whose young life was cut short by the previously convicted felon who had been given a sweetheart deal, releasing him from federal custody prior to deportation.
The future of these much needed bills remains uncertain when they get to the U.S. Senate.
Call the offices Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain (Contact information under links) and urge them to act admirably and vote for passage of these bills. They are both committed amnesty proponents, so their natural inclination would be to protect illegals.