Congressman Farenthold Statement on Kate’s Law
Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) issued the following statement Thursday after the House passed Kate’s Law.
“The safety of American citizens should be Congress’ top priority,” said Congressman Farenthold. “Illegal aliens who are deported and come back to the United States should not be roaming the streets. That’s why I voted for Kate’s Law today.”
The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies. The bill protects public safety by enhancing the penalties for deported felons who return to the United States.
This legislation says that aliens who re-enter the United States after being deported can be imprisoned for up to two years in federal prison. Also, previously deported aliens with criminal records who re-enter the United States are eligible to serve federal prison sentences up to 25 years, depending on the nature of their prior conviction or convictions.