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Kate’s law: What it would change

Bill O’Reilly at Fox News has been pushing the self-named Kate’s law in response to the murder by an illegal immigrant (Mr. Lopez-Sanchez) of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Kate’s Law if passed by Congress would enact mandatory sentences on illegal aliens who re-enter the U.S. after having previously been deported. In Kate’s case, She was shot and killed by Lopez-Sanchez who had previously been deported at least 5 times including twice for having controlled substance (heroin) convictions. His second controlled substance conviction caused him to receive an “aggravated felony” charge of deportation which is a lifetime bar against returning to the U.S.. Nevertheless he chose to return and has been deported three times for illegal reentry after removal.  More importantly, Lopez-Sanchez has been criminally prosecuted in Federal Court 3 times,  and has 3 separate times served sentences of more than 50 months in Federal detention for ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY.

Lopez-Sanchez’s  criminal record can be found here:   http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/08/francisco-sanchez-kate-steinles-killer-used-30-aliases-over-the-course-of-a-25-year-life-of-crime/

Is the mandatory sentencing being proposed in Kate’s law supposed to change behavior, and prevent criminal aliens from re-entering the U.S. after being deported?  If spending 4+ year Federal sentences on three occasions for illegal re-entry didn’t keep Lopez-Sanchez out, would the recommended 5 and 10 year minimum sentences? Probably not. Especially, if the “sanctuary cities” policy like that of San Francisco continues.  What is that policy exactly?  That’s a topic for another day.

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