Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kate Steinle's Father Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee


Alicia A. Caldwell of the Washington Post reports on the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today of Jim Steinle, the father of Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed while walking along the San Francisco waterfront.  Steinle supports reform of the laws that he believes allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times and convicted of many crimes.

Jim Steinle says he and his family support legislation that would prevent local authorities to decide whether they will cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities.  Kate was killed earlier this month as she and Jim Steinle walked along a San Francisco pier.  

 Here is Steinle's full testimony.

Other witness at the hearing included Leon Rodriguez, Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Sarah Saldaña, Assistant Secretary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In response to the tragedy, conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly is advocating passage of "Kate's Law."   “Pass Kate’s Law ASAP” is a petition effort that the host is promoting on Fox News. The law would declare that “undocumented aliens who are deported and return to the United States would receive a mandatory five year sentence in a federal penitentiary upon conviction.”  Click here for more details.



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