Blum Co-Sponsors Kate’s Law To Hold Criminals Accountable

Measure will strengthen enforcement of current immigration laws

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Washington, DC, July 10, 2015 | comments

Today, Congressman Rod Blum signed on as an original co-sponsor of “Kate’s Law.” Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) introduced this legislation in response to the tragic murder of 32-year-old San Francisco woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant with a felony record who had been deported five times.  The bill would ensure that any adult illegal immigrant who is deported from the United States and chooses to again enter our country illegally faces a prison sentence of no less than five years.

“The heart-rending tragedy in California is just the latest clear sign that Congress must act in order to protect the American people.  Americans overwhelmingly support common sense rules that ensure the safety of citizens like Kate Steinle and this legislation does just that. By imposing a five year prison sentence on any adult illegal immigrant who is deported and yet chooses to again violate our laws we are sending a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and that you will be held accountable," said Congressman Blum.

"32-year-old Kate Steinle’s recent murder was heartbreaking and unconscionable. It showed once more we must sharpen our statutes to demand accountability from the Executive Branch. By instituting the mandatory minimums in Kate's Law, we can dissuade those who so casually disregard our laws and I thank Congressman Blum for his co-sponsorship of this important bill,” added Congressman Salmon.

In addition to Kate’s Law, Congressman Salmon also recently introduced H.R. 2942, the Stop Catch and Release Act also known as “Grant’s Law”, which would require DHS to keep criminal illegal aliens in custody and complete removal proceedings of such aliens within 90 days of arrest instead of releasing them onto America’s streets. Congressman Blum is also a co-sponsor of Grant’s Law.

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.


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