Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa


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Congressman Steve King’s “Sarah’s Law” and “Kate’s Law” Legislation Re-Introduced Today

Jun 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Steve King released the following statement after legislation he wrote, “Sarah’s Law” (named after Iowan Sarah Root) and “Kate’s Law” (named after Kate Steinle) was re-introduced as components of legislation written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte designed to strengthen illegal immigration enforcement measures and to combat dangerous sanctuary city policies that expose innocent Americans to predation by individuals who are not in the country legally. “Sarah’s Law” is contained in H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, while “Kate’s Law” will be introduced as stand-alone legislation, H.R. 3004. Congressman King and Chairman Goodlatte are original cosponsors of both H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004.

“I thank Chairman Goodlatte for his support and leadership combatting illegal immigration,” said King. “The bills we are introducing today contain two key provisions I have been advancing: ‘Sarah’s Law’, in honor of the memory of Iowa’s Sarah Root, a 21 year old killed by a 19 year old illegal alien who had previous run-ins with law enforcement; and ‘Kate’s Law’, 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.”

“Sarah’s Law requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of illegal aliens charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. Kate’s Law amends federal law to impose a sentencing enhancement for any illegal reentry offense. Both of these reforms would protect all Americans from crimes committed by those who were not here legally in the first place.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte offered the following comments:

“For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives. The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck, and too many others, are tragic. Their deaths are especially devastating since they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced.”

 “The House Judiciary Committee is working to improve our nation’s immigration laws and policy, and today I have introduced two, straightforward bills to enhance public safety. The bills crack down on dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly put innocent lives at risk. They enhance penalties for deported felons who return to the United States and ensure unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for other dangerous crimes, are detained during their removal proceedings. We owe it to the families of those who lost loved ones to take action to prevent these horrible crimes. They have waited far too long.”

Congressman King introduced “Sarah’s Law” on July 6, 2016. The press release accompanying the introduction of that legislation can be found here.

Congressman King introduced “Kate’s Law” on Jan 6, 2017. The press release accompanying the introduction of that legislation can be found here.

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