McCaul Statement on House Passage of Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement following the House passage of Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
Chairman McCaul: “As a former prosecutor and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, one of my top priorities is and has always been public safety, and today the House took a major step forward in that direction by passing Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed two years ago in San Francisco while she walked along a pier with her father. The shooter was an unlawful immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies. Sadly, Kate’s story is far too common and these horrific events cannot become the norm. Kate’s Law will increase the penalties for illegal immigrants reentering the United States who previously have been convicted of crimes, deterring illegal reentry and ultimately safeguarding our communities. In addition to Kate’s shooter being a criminal alien, he was also released by local authorities despite his ICE detainer because he was in a “sanctuary city.” No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will help ensure this blatant disregard for the law will not happen again. This bill prevents states and localities who fail to cooperate with ICE from receiving certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants. We are a nation of laws, laws that are established to keep Americans safe, and individuals in defiance of those laws must be held responsible.”