Rep. Paul Cook supports “Kate’s Law” – enhanced punishments for illegal immigrant felons

By on July 9, 2017
Rep. Paul Cook

Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old young woman in San Francisco, was murdered by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant, on July 1, 2015. Lopez-Sanchez had fired a .40 caliber handgun on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district and the bullet ricocheted off the pavement striking Steinle in the back. She later died in a local hospital.

HR 3004, Kate’s Law, specifically enhances the current maximum sentences for criminal aliens who illegally reenter the United States to between 10 years and 25 years in federal prison, depending on the individual criminal history. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported several times from the United States only to reenter the United States numerous times.

Rep. Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) has voted in support of HR 3004. It has passed the House of Representatives and has been moved to the Senate. The bill protects the public by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States.

“It’s inexcusable Kate Steinle was murdered as a result of failed immigration policies, Said Rep. Cook. “Sadly, she’s not the only victim. Earlier this year, Tim Cruz was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant and known gang member in Denver, Colorado. Kate’s Law will help prevent similar future tragedies by protecting our communities from dangerous criminals. I strongly support this bill and look forward to it being signed into law.”

In addition to the increased federal prison sentence, HR 3004 also ensures that any alien who is deported from the US prior to completion of a prison term, who then reenters the US, can have the remainder of their sentence reapplied. This is a significant enhancement over current law and would represent a true deterrent for criminal aliens who seek to reenter the US.

Rep. Cook, who maintains a field office in Yucaipa, is a member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

Rep. Cook’s Yucaipa field office is located at 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office phone number is 909-797-4900.