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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Votes for “Kate’s Law,” Enhancing Penalties for Deported Felons Who Return to U.S.

June 29, 2017
Press Release
Bill named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times

Washington, DC – June 29, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a former District Attorney, today voted to support Kate’s Law, which passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan 257-167 margin. The bill – a response to Kate Steinle’s tragic 2015 murder – enhances criminal penalties for deported felons who return to the United States so they’re not free to commit further crimes. Steinle’s killer was previously deported five times and convicted of multiple felonies.

Donovan said, “This is a policy both sides can come together and support. Any murder is a tragedy, but it’s especially painful when there were so many opportunities to prevent it. Ms. Steinle’s killer never should have been walking the streets, and today’s action is a step towards ensuring similar crimes don’t happen again.”

Kate’s Law imposes increasing prison sentences for undocumented immigrants who reenter the United States after multiple misdemeanor and felony convictions.

Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.