Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) by a vote of 257-167. This bill, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), protects public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies.

Chairman Goodlatte praised House passage of Kate’s Law in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “The death of Kate Steinle and too many others are tragic. Her death is particularly devastating since it could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced. The person responsible for her murder was a known felon who had been deported numerous times. There is no reason he should have been free to roam our streets and take away Kate’s life.

Kate’s Law is a simple, straightforward bill. It enhances the current maximum sentences for illegal reentry into the United States, serving as a strong deterrent for deported felons seeking to come back to the United States. I am pleased the House has acted on this commonsense bill and call on the Senate to pass it without delay. The Steinle family and other families who have lost loved ones to lax immigration enforcement have waited for far too long. This bill is a good step toward improving our immigration laws and I remain committed to reforming many aspects of the immigration system as well.”

To learn more about the House Judiciary Committee’s efforts to improve our nation’s immigration laws, click here.