President Trump made good on a campaign promise on Thursday after the House of Representatives passed two bills, including Kate’s Law, which punishes undocumented immigrants who commit violent crimes and the sanctuary cities that protect them.
Kate’s Law was inspired by Kate Steinle, a 33-year-old woman who was murdered in cold blood on the streets of San Francisco by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had several prior arrests. During the campaign, Trump promised to avenge her death and fight to prevent any other Americans from suffering a similar fate.
“During my campaign, I met many grieving families who all had the same plea: lawmakers must put the safety of American families first. Today, I applaud the House for passing two crucial measures to save and protect American lives. These were bills I campaigned on and that are vital to our public safety and national security,” President Trump said in a statement. “The implementation of these policies will make our communities safer. Opposing these bills, and allowing dangerous criminals back into our communities, our schools, and the neighborhoods where our children play, puts all of us at risk.”
Steve Ronnebeck, whose son Grant was murdered by an undocumented immigrant, said that Kate’s law was important legislation to “protect our children.”
“(Trump’s) been incredible,” Ronnebeck told Red Alert Politics. “He’s still trying to keep his promises. I have no complaints, he made promises and he intends to keep them.”
All Republicans, with the exception of Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), voted in favor of Kate’s Law as well as 24 Democrats. The bill to condemn sanctuary cities faced opposition from seven Republicans and support from three Democrats.
In addition to these laws, Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement has increased their interior operations and as of April 29, they arrested more than 41,000 people, a 38 percent increase from the previous year.
The bill now advances to the Senate where it may face uniform opposition from most Democrats and some Republicans. If Trump can push the legislation through it will be one of his biggest accomplishments as President and may save a few lives along the way.