The verdict has sparked debate over immigration policy and so-called sanctuary cities in light of Garcia Zarate's several deportations and his unlawful residence in the United States.
In fact, a bill dubbed “Kate's Law” introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) passed the House in June and has been awaiting action in the Senate since July 10, according to congressional records.
H.R. 3004, co-sponsored by 17 House Republicans, would boost penalties for convicted and deported criminals who illegally re-enter the United States.
In a tweet Friday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) urged the passage of Kate's Law “as soon as possible.”
Kate's Law should be passed as soon as possible and sent to the President's desk: https://t.co/toaCI1utS5
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 1, 2017
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) also demanded passage of the bill “to improve community safety and prevent future tragedies.”
In a statement following the House passage of the bill earlier this year, President Donald Trump said, “Every year, countless Americans are victimized, assaulted, and killed by illegal immigrants who have been deported multiple times. It is time for these tragedies to end.”