The Republican-controlled Senate failed to advance legislation defunding sanctuary cities and increasing minimum punishments for previously-deported illegal aliens caught breaking back into the U.S. on Wednesday, gaining only 53 and 55 votes, respectively, when 60 were needed to proceed with both bills.
Sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, one bill would have stripped funding from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when arresting illegal aliens suspected of committing further crimes and work to prevent lawful deportation proceedings. Immigration enforcement advocates have called Kate’s Law, introduced by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, “mainly symbolic,” with Center for Immigration Studies president Mark Kirkorian stating: “Reentry after deportation is already a felony and the problem is that Obama’s Justice Department seldom prosecutes offenders.”
A Mexican illegal alien who had been deported five times previously allegedly used a stolenfederal agent’s gun to fire a few shots, one of which struck Steinle as she walked with her father on July 16, 2015 along a San Francisco pier. – READ MORE