FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2015
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Senator Morrell to Introduce Resolution Urging Congress to Pass “Kate’s Law”
Proposal would deter deported felons from returning to U.S.
SACRAMENTO – Today, following the tragic shooting death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco at the hands of a previously deported convicted felon, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced that he will introduce a Senate Joint Resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation that would inhibit the ability of sanctuary cities to harbor deported criminals who have since returned to the United States illegally.
“Sanctuary cities across the country have willingly defied the federal government in choosing to protect criminals over the lives of law-abiding citizens,” said Morrell. “Kathryn’s death is a tragic example of the dangers these policies pose for our neighborhoods and communities.”
The resolution, currently making its way through Legislative Counsel, will urge Congress to pass legislation that would create a mandatory sentence of five years in a federal penitentiary for an individual who has returned to the United States illegally after having been deported and previously convicted of a felony in the United States, currently being discussed nationwide as “Kate’s Law”.
“Congress needs to remove the incentive for convicted criminals to defiantly return to the United States after deportation,” continued Morrell. “As legislators, we must join together in recognizing that it is the duty of all elected officials to preserve the safety of those we represent.”
Kathryn Steinle was killed on July 1 while visiting San Francisco with her father. The alleged gunman, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is a seven-time convicted felon and has been deported five times. He was turned over to San Francisco authorities in March for drug offenses. Rather than comply with a request by federal authorities to be notified of Lopez-Sanchez’s release, San Francisco officials, in keeping with the city’s misguided sanctuary law, ignored it, placing the lives of citizens in harm’s way.
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Senator Morrell represents the 23rd State Senate District, which covers portions of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.