While Republicans have rallied to find a legislative response to the murder of Kathryn Steinle, Politico reports that Senate Judiciary Republicans are divided on efforts to attach mandatory sentences to illegal immigrants who re-enter the U.S. following a deportation.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) would like to see legislation that would impose a mandatory minimum of five years on illegal immigrants who re-enter the country illegally after being deported. Last month Cruz introduced “Kate’s Law” that would apply such minimums.
Meanwhile, Politico reports that Sens. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as critics of mandatory minimums for certain nonviolent crimes, are wary of applying them to illegal immigrants as well.
“That would not be something that I would be recommending,” Politico quoted Flake on five year minimums for re-entry. “There may be some ways to accommodate some of those concerns, but not with mandatory minimums like that.”