Marchant Renews Support for Border Security Following Steinle Decision

“…We must enforce our laws, secure our borders, and enable law enforcement to do their jobs and protect our communities.”

Washington – U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released this statement following the decision in the trial for the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant previously deported on five occasions:

“The decision handed down in the case of Kate Steinle’s murder is tragic, even more tragic is the fact that her death was completely preventable,” said Congressman Marchant. “American Cities that endanger their citizens by releasing illegal aliens back onto the streets, directly disobeying federal law enforcement, put innocent lives at risk. We must enforce our laws, secure our borders, and enable law enforcement to do their jobs and protect our communities.

“I strongly support the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) – named after Kate Steinle. These pieces of legislation passed the House earlier this year and I hope they reach the President’s Desk soon.”

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No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, H.R. 3003, (passed the House 228-195): strengthens existing law to combat sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement.

Kate’s Law, H.R. 3004, (passed the House 257-167): is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies. The bill provides that a criminal alien, previously convicted of any three misdemeanors or any felony would, upon conviction for illegal reentry, be subject to a maximum sentence of 10 years.