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It is a legislation by Bill O’Reilly that seeks deter crime rates from immigrants.
It is named after Kate Steinle who was shot and killed by a Mexican Juan Francisco Lopez July 2015.
Kate’s death catalyzed a storm of rage from the opponents of illegal immigration among them Donald Trump.
What you need to to know and the important of kate’s law
Donald Trump turned illegal immigration into a prime topic for his republican presidential-nominee race.
He suggested that Congress should pass a legislation that t would impose a minimum of five years for illegal immigrants who are deported but then come back.
Prior to these suggested new law, illegal immigrants served a maximum of 18 months imprisonment before being deported.
Housing the Kate’s Law inmates would be costly to the Federal government at an estimated $ 2 billion every year.
The immigration bill that is still under debate in Congress if made into law will see the American tax payer shouldering a 28 percent increase in the federal prison budget.
Republican senators including Mike Lee and Jeff Flake publicly opposed a similar bill that Ted Cruze introduced to the senate on July 14th of the same year.
The bill was aimed to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase consequences for illegal immigrants who reenter the U.S after deportation.
Sanctuary cities like San Francisco and others however are would not be obligated under this law.
The sanctuary cities are a safe haven for immigrants, as they have regulations against city officials from enforcing immigration laws unless required by a court order.
There jurisdictions state that they cannot hold an immigrant in prison beyond their release dates without strong cause.
However in light of the strong Francisco Lopez case that drew public outrage cities that previously refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities are now relaxing their laws gradually.
San Francisco is one of those sanctuary cities that have been put in a hot seat after the death of Kate.
Notwithstanding the pressure and climate, level of blaming immigrants in the U.S. San Francisco did not bow done to demands from the federal immigration authorities.
Studies have however shown that increasing prison sentence does not reduce crime.