Senator Dan Sullivan Responds to Comment Regarding Kate Steinle's Murderers Acquittal - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Senator Dan Sullivan Responds to Comment Regarding Kate Steinle's Murderers Acquittal


Shortly after the controversial acquittal of the man who murdered Kate Steinle, POW Report reached out to Senator Dan Sullivan for a comment, the following is his response:


Thank you for contacting me regarding S.87, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act as well as S.45, Stop Illegal Reentry Act (commonly referred to as Kate’s Law). I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond.

On January 5, 2017, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced S. 45 to address concerns of illegal reentry into the United States. The legislation would impose a minimum sentence of five years on anyone who unlawfully reenters the United States after previously being deported.

On January 10, 2017, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced S. 87 to address concerns over sanctuary jurisdictions shielding illegal immigrants. A “sanctuary city” is a state or locality that forbids its local law enforcement from sharing information with federal immigration officials, or prohibits local officials from holding an illegal immigrant up to 48 hours, in order to allow federal officials time to take custody. The legislation would withhold certain grants to sanctuary jurisdictions which, by definition, have chosen not to abide by federal immigration laws. This bill also increases the maximum penalties for illegal reentry by immigrants and increases penalties for those who have been removed from our country more than three times. Additionally, this bill creates a minimum sentence for any person who illegally reenters our country and has an aggravated felony prior to removal.

These issues received national attention after the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. The man charged with Steinle’s murder was a repeat drug offender and illegal immigrant who chose to reside in San Francisco because of the city’s sanctuary policies. Both sanctuary policies and illegal reentry into the United States, particularly after committing a crime while in the United States, are violations of federal law.

America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws and it is our duty to maintain an orderly system of entry into our country. For centuries, new immigrants to America have provided our country with energy and vitality. Providing sanctuary for those illegally in our country sends the message that the United States does not enforce its laws. There is no doubt that our country benefits from immigrants, but we should be rewarding those who have taken the legal path to immigration, rather than those who break the law.

Last Congress, I supported and voted for S.3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act of 2015, sponsored by Senator Toomey. However, S.3100 did not receive the necessary 60 votes to advance this bill to a final vote in the U.S. Senate.

Both S. 45 and S. 87 have been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they await consideration. I strongly support both bills, and will continue to closely monitor immigration issues as well as keep your views in mind should this, or any more relevant legislation, come to the Senate floor.

Thank you again for contacting me on this issue. If you have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my staff. My office can be reached at 202-224-3004, or online at www.sullivan.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

Dan Sullivan
United States Senator

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