The father of Kate Steinle called on Congress to pass legislation that would make it tougher for illegal immigrants, like the one who killed his daughter, to find safe harbor in America.
Kate Steinle was killed by 5-time deported illegal alien, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who had seven felony convictions.
Speaking before Congress Tuesday, Jim Steinle said his daughter’s death might have been prevented if the city of San Francisco which prides itself as being a “sanctuary city for illegals,” had handed Sanchez over to federal immigration officials as they had requested.
He also expressed support for “Kate’s Law,” which is being pushed hard by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, according to the Associated Press.
Jim Steinle testified alongside several other relatives of people allegedly killed by immigrants living in the country illegally.
Steinle’s killing and the disclosure that San Francisco authorities released Sanchez despite a request from federal officials to keep him in custody prompted an outcry from lawmakers.
The House will take up a bill this week blocking federal funding for jurisdictions that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities. A similar proposal has been advanced in the Senate, but it’s unclear how far it will go.
Steinle’s father said Tuesday that reform could save lives.
“I feel strongly that some legislation should be discussed, enacted and changed to take these undocumented immigrants off ours streets,” he told lawmakers. “If Kate’s law saves one daughter, one son, a mother, a father, Kate’s death won’t be in vain.”
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