The bill, “House H.R. 3004: Kate’s Law,” named after Kate Steinle, who died after being shot by an undocumented immigrant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The case was deemed an accident and Garcia wasn’t charged for murder. Zarate was deported five times in the past and charged with multiple felonies, released from prison only a few months before the incident.
“Kate’s Law,” was proposed five days after Steinle’s death. H.R. 3004, “The bill provides that an alien who has been excluded, deported, removed, or denied admission, or who has departed the United States while under an outstanding order of exclusion, deportation, or removal, and who subsequently crosses or attempts to cross the border into the United States, shall be fined, imprisoned not more than two years, or both. (“Crosses the border” refers to the physical act of crossing the border, regardless of whether the alien is free from official restraint.)” The bill increases criminal retribution for people that have reentered the United States. The bill also bans the accused from challenging previous removal orders.