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house Bill H.R. 3004

Kate's Law: Do People Who Repeatedly Enter the Country Illegally Need Longer Prison Sentences?

Argument in favor

Longer prison sentences will help deter people who’ve been deported or barred from entering the U.S. from trying to illegally re-enter the country, and keep criminals off the streets.

Daryl's Opinion
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06/26/2017
To Deborah: illegal immigration is a misdemeanor the first time, it is a felony every time after that. And it is not a victimless crime. This a quote from the Federation for American Immigration Reform: "Apologists for illegal immigration try to paint it as a victimless crime, but the fact is that illegal immigration causes substantial harm to American citizens and legal immigrants, particularly those in the most vulnerable sectors of our population — the poor, minorities, and children. Illegal immigration causes an enormous drain on public funds. The seminal study of the costs of immigration by the National Academy of Sciences found that the taxes paid by immigrants do not begin to cover the cost of services received by them.1 The quality of education, health care and other services for Americans are undermined by the needs of endless numbers of poor, unskilled illegal entrants. Additionally, job competition by waves of illegal immigrants desperate for any job unfairly depresses the wages and working conditions offered to American workers, hitting hardest at minority workers and those without high school degrees."
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DP10's Opinion
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06/26/2017
Entering the country ILLEGALLY is a crime. Committing crimes deserves deportation even more. Coming back after being deported and committing more crimes deserves harder punishment. Get the bad ones out, make it easier for good people to stay.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/29/2017
After growing old and developing gray hair, I throw in my support towards this long over due bill. Wonder how many citizen would be alive today if our Government had just enforced their own law. Sanctuary cities will slowly go broke, but eventually comply or apply for bankruptcy. You cannot support the poor and needy forever.
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Argument opposed

Increasing prison terms for people who illegally re-enter the country will only keep U.S. prisons full and cost taxpayers more money to keep repeat offenders incarcerated.

Dominic's Opinion
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06/26/2017
Increase prison sentences is never the answer for non violent crimes
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PrisonExpert's Opinion
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06/27/2017
Prison is not a deterrent. Tax payers pay for the incarceration. This law just increases the need for more prisons. We need a comprehensive immigration program.
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Lcg8850's Opinion
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06/29/2017
I can't see any way this is going to be more of a deterrent than the status quo. People don't want to immigrate to the US illegally; they feel they have no choice because of some combination of safety, economic, or family reasons. This would end up costing tax payers money and solving nothing
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 29th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 257 Yea / 167 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJune 22nd, 2017

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    Want illegal immigration to stop? Try putting international pressure on the countries whose living conditions are so poor and dangerous that their citizens are willing to risk death to leave to actually do something to improve their countries. People have to want to stay home. Longer jail terms won't help; you haven't solved what created the problem.
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    Those that commit murder when they are here illegally should get an automatic death penalty no appeal, no 2nd chance if convicted on DNA
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    1. The expense of increased jail time is extremely high and taxpayers should not be saddled with it.
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    Mass incarceration is already a problem as it is, ESPECIALLY among people of color. We need to make citizenship to the United States more accessible. We were founded as a "melting pot" for everyone seeking freedom to be able to come to. But it's nearly impossible for people to legally get here, and we're shutting so many people out. Increasing prison sentences will not solve this problem.
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    We need less people in prisons and a path to citizenship - immigration is a civil affair, not criminal. These people should NEVER be incarcerated!! Prison sentences will not deter them - these people already face incredible hardship, that's why they're willing to come illegally. Help them, don't jail them.
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    You know this is backwards, if they receive longer prison sentences we actually pay to keep illegal immigrants here longer. Can you stop pretending this isn't racially motivation? If the Irish were sneaking in you'd call it quaint.
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    GIVE PEOPLE A CLEAR MAJOR TWO-LANE HIGHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP RATHER THAN A PATH!! DAMN!!
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    This whole Kate's Law is built on a false premise that any resident of the SF Bay Area should know. The Summer of the fatal shooting, there were several instances of SF law enforcement leaving guns unattended in open parked vehicles. Kate Steinle was killed by one of these guns. A drunk illegal vagrant grabbed the gun and when chased by SFPD, he TOSSED THE GUN. It hit the pavement and discharged. Kate Steinle was killed by the errant bullet. This was not a violent crime. It was an accident. A freak. Not what makes for good policy!
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    Prison won't work we need to find a new deterrent
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    This is draconian. A person who enters this country illegally three times could be imprisoned for ten years. Come on people! This punishment does not fit the crime. Jeff Sessions is all into max punishment for minor crimes. Can we not stop this madness?
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    This will just fill the prisons for no reason.
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    There is no reason for longer sentences. Increasing prison terms for people who illegally re-enter the country will only keep U.S. prisons full and cost taxpayers more money to keep repeat offenders incarcerated. Of course many of the republicans such as Sessions have interest in private prisons. That is the only reason they want to do this. They can line their pockets from putting more people & for s longer period of time will COST US LITS OF MONEY THAT WILL GO UNTO THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE LIKE Sessions. Ridiculous. Those people are coming back here because they have family here. They work & pay taxes, but don't get any refund. They need s way to BECOME NATIONALIZED NOT JAILED.
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    I have sympathy for people whose circumstances drive them to enter the US illegally, in search of a better life, or to escape a horrible situation. However, if someone is engaging in criminal activity, and he or she shouldn't even be here to begin with, I can agree with a harsher sentence, on the hope that if/when that person is released, there will be pause about returning to the US for more criminal actions.
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    that is fucking stupid
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    If you don't vote for this bill you do not deserve to represent the hardworking, play by the rules Americans who elected you.
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    It would be better use of time and other resources to find out how we are impacting their country's economy.
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    Coming in Illegally is a spit in our eye, committing a crime while being here illegally is a punch to the groin.
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    Increased prison sentences will not deter these people from crossing the border illegally. Undocumented immigrants are desperately looking for a better life, they're not crossing the border to commit crimes in the United States. This bill will just exacerbate the problem of overcrowded prisons in this country.
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    Not a great idea !
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    Someone violating our laws repeatedly should be shown we mean business.
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