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house Bill H.R. 384

Kate's Law: Do People Who Repeatedly Enter the Country Illegally Need Longer Prison Sentences?

Argument in favor

Longer prison sentences will help deter people who’ve been deported or barred from entering the U.S. from trying to illegally re-enter the country, and keep criminals off the streets.

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09/03/2019
Why do people even have to ask this question??? The answer should be obvious AFTER the second time they get arrested-it’s called a serial act because they do it repeatedly!!!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/04/2019
👍🏻 H.R. 384 AKA “Kates Law 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Longer prison sentences will help deter people who’ve been deported or barred from entering the U.S. from trying to illegally re-enter the country, and keep criminals off the streets. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻 HR.384 👍🏻👍🏻. 9.3.19..........
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Nirmal's Opinion
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09/03/2019
The law does matter. Illegal immigration is not ok. I speak as a legal immigrant.
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Argument opposed

Increasing prison terms for people who illegally re-enter the country will only keep U.S. prisons full and cost taxpayers more money to keep repeat offenders incarcerated.

jimK's Opinion
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09/03/2019
No legislation is needed. Let the courts determine applicable sentencing considering all the factors of why, how, and what were the reasons for re-entering the country. Someone determined to see a dying relative certainly should qualify for a lesser sentence than someone re-entering to be part of a criminal enterprise. Considerations to arrive at just sentencing is the very reason we have judges. A one-size-fits-all Congressional sentencing mandate can never be just. This bill is garbage and should be tossed out as such; never allowing it to be abused to further persecute immigrants.
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09/03/2019
Steve king MUST be voted out of office. He’s beyond deplorable. Despicable. Disgusting. The GOP must purge these racist, gross creatures. The USA must absolutely purge these horrible creatures like Steve King, Moscow Mitch and so many more - purge them from our government. Now.
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Nancy's Opinion
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09/03/2019
White supremacists need long prison sentences, asylum seekers aren’t dangerous
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What is House Bill H.R. 384?

This bill — known as Kate's Law — would create enhanced criminal sentences for re-entering the country illegally after an unauthorized immigrant re-enters or is found in the U.S. while they're the subject of an outstanding order of exclusion, deportation, or removal. It also establishes maximum penalties for unauthorized immigrants who'd been convicted of various crimes before being deported, or have repeatedly entered the country illegally.

An unauthorized immigrant who reenters the country after being removed without a criminal record could receive up to two years in prison and a fine. The following are the sentences and fines that would be imposed by this bill as punishment for reentry based on the individual's criminal history:

  • For three or more misdemeanors or a felony, the unauthorized immigrant would be imprisoned for up to 10 years;
  • For a felony conviction that carried a sentence of at least 30 months, reentry would be punished by up to 15 years imprisonment;
  • For a felony conviction that carried a sentence of at least 60 months, reentry would be punished by up to 20 years imprisonment;
  • For murder, rape, kidnapping, or a felony related to slavery or terrorism, the unauthorized immigrant's reentry would be punished by up to 25 years imprisonment.

If an unauthorized immigrant has been excluded, deported, or removed from the U.S. three or more times, they could be punished by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.

This legislation was named after Kate Steinle, a woman who was murdered in a sanctuary city by an unauthorized immigrant who had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions.

Impact

People who illegally re-enter the U.S. after being deported or barred from entry, their families, U.S. immigration and law enforcement agencies, and the Dept. of Justice.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 384

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Lead cosponsor Rep. Steve King (R-IA) reintroduced this bill along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to strengthen enforcement of laws against illegal immigration:

"Kate's Law amends federal law to impose a sentencing enhancement for any illegal reentry offense... [It's named] in honor of the memory of Kate Steinle, a 32 year old woman killed by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and who had been deported from the United States five times."

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) opposes this bill, which it calls "expensive, dangerous, [and] impractical." 

Last Congress, the Trump administration released a statement emphasizing that it "strongly supports" this bill, which it believes would deter reentry and keep criminal unauthorized immigrants off the streets.

There are 13 Republican cosponsors of this bill in the current Congress. Last Congress, this bill passed the House by a 257-167 vote with the support of 17 Republican cosponsors in the House.


Of Note: This legislation has been referred to as Kate’s Law, and was also introduced to Congress under other guises. It is named for Kate Steinle, a woman who was murdered in a sanctuary city (San Francisco, California) by an unauthorized immigrant, Jose Garcia-Zarate, who had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions. 

Garcia-Zarate was acquitted in state court on murder charges, involuntary manslaughter, and assault — but was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. However, the conviction was overturned on appeal on the grounds that the court failed to tell the jury it could acquit him because he only momentarily possessed the gun. He remains in jail on related federal charges.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of ICE)

AKA

Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase the penalties applicable to aliens who unlawfully reenter the United States after being removed.

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    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2019
    Why do people even have to ask this question??? The answer should be obvious AFTER the second time they get arrested-it’s called a serial act because they do it repeatedly!!!
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    No legislation is needed. Let the courts determine applicable sentencing considering all the factors of why, how, and what were the reasons for re-entering the country. Someone determined to see a dying relative certainly should qualify for a lesser sentence than someone re-entering to be part of a criminal enterprise. Considerations to arrive at just sentencing is the very reason we have judges. A one-size-fits-all Congressional sentencing mandate can never be just. This bill is garbage and should be tossed out as such; never allowing it to be abused to further persecute immigrants.
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    Steve king MUST be voted out of office. He’s beyond deplorable. Despicable. Disgusting. The GOP must purge these racist, gross creatures. The USA must absolutely purge these horrible creatures like Steve King, Moscow Mitch and so many more - purge them from our government. Now.
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    White supremacists need long prison sentences, asylum seekers aren’t dangerous
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    Judges make these decisions. That’s their job.
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    Stop imprisonments of people seeking asylum! The US are the law breakers in the case of imprisoning asylum seekers.
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    👍🏻 H.R. 384 AKA “Kates Law 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Longer prison sentences will help deter people who’ve been deported or barred from entering the U.S. from trying to illegally re-enter the country, and keep criminals off the streets. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻 HR.384 👍🏻👍🏻. 9.3.19..........
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    So, we don’t want the burden of immigrants, and the answer is to put them in privatized prisons at an even greater cost to the taxpayer, while the prison owners get richer? Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense! 🤦‍♀️
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    We are not being killed by immigrants we are being killed by white supremacy and it’s hatred and they need to Be crackdown upon and be condemned by governance and the media and made to lose jobs and crawl into the rocks and hide
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    The law does matter. Illegal immigration is not ok. I speak as a legal immigrant.
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    Continual breaking the law should have stronger penalties. If they don’t fear the penalties they are not going to slow the invasion!
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    Not at the tax payers expense! We already pay billions in corporate bailouts/subsidies for multi million/billion/trillion dollar corporations WHILE LEAVING THE ACTUAL VOTERS/TAXPAYERS to fend for themselves. Work together and fix immigration laws DO YOUR FLIPPING JOB.
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    The argument against because of expense of keeping them in prison longer.....One question: What is the expense of a life?
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    And San Fran let the illegal immigrant who killed her off on GUN CHARGES! If a white male US citizen had shot an illegal immigrant in that sanctuary s#it hole with the same circumstances, they would have sent him away for life. Just shows us that the left is merely playing the long game in trying to stack the electorate with illegals! Wake up folks
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    More Fascist Bullshit!
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    Follow the laws of the land and if you do not like them change them otherwise quit whining and complaining about it. WIN Win win 2020
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    Yes!! The stiffest of penalties would be in order!!
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    King is a fucking racist anything out of him is shit
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    I’d say no, but it doesn’t seem to fit the framing of the question. They don’t need longer prison sentences, they need to be deported and thrown out of the country. Granted if they’re continuing to do it they need to be locked up. I also don’t want my tax dollars going to keeping dirtbags like this guy alive. Where’s sheriff Joe make this POS shovel sand in the desert in pink underwear? The guy deserves to be killed personally, take a life then get your life taken. It’s in the Bible that Dems keep telling me I shouldn’t believe in but I should only believe it when they want to quote back to me that Jesus would be helping poor people. You know, they’re right he’d also be offing these people who kill innocent civilians with stolen weapons who have broken the law 5 times in a country that they don’t live in. I’m tired of these weak minded, flower children calling Republicans names because they heard Rachel Maddow or some crappy band say it. Moscow Mitch? Grow up, how about gun grabber joe? Or “give me your guns” kamala? Or “that cop should be fired” gilibrand? (Who stayed in the race long enough to make sure to get a cop fired.) Or hey remember when calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas was racist? Turns out she’s not even Native American, yet somehow still trump was the bad guy? Grow Dems and get your big kid pants on it’s gonna be a tough and tumble 5 more years for you. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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    How the hell could anyone answer no to this???
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