This bill — known as Kate's Law — would create enhanced criminal sentences for re-entering the country illegally after an unauthorized immigrant re-enters or is found in the U.S. while they're the subject of an outstanding order of exclusion, deportation, or removal. It also establishes maximum penalties for unauthorized immigrants who'd been convicted of various crimes before being deported, or have repeatedly entered the country illegally.
An unauthorized immigrant who reenters the country after being removed without a criminal record could receive up to two years in prison and a fine. The following are the sentences and fines that would be imposed by this bill as punishment for reentry based on the individual's criminal history:
- For three or more misdemeanors or a felony, the unauthorized immigrant would be imprisoned for up to 10 years;
- For a felony conviction that carried a sentence of at least 30 months, reentry would be punished by up to 15 years imprisonment;
- For a felony conviction that carried a sentence of at least 60 months, reentry would be punished by up to 20 years imprisonment;
- For murder, rape, kidnapping, or a felony related to slavery or terrorism, the unauthorized immigrant's reentry would be punished by up to 25 years imprisonment.
If an unauthorized immigrant has been excluded, deported, or removed from the U.S. three or more times, they could be punished by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.