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Laken Riley’s Murder Showcases Vulnerable Senate Dems’ Opposition to Kate’s Law

Vulnerable Democrats Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have criticized the crime following Laken Riley’s murder. has faced criticism for its soft voting record.

Riley, a 22-year-old Augusta University nursing student who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant released into the United States, is the latest American woman to fall victim to the federal government’s ineffective immigration enforcement.

The tragedy has brought renewed attention to the fate of Kate Steinle, 32, who was killed in 2015 by Jose Garcia Zarate, a seven-time felon and five-time deported illegal alien. . He was acquitted of murder, but was convicted of federal gun charges related to the murder.

After Mr. Steinle’s murder, Republicans sought to prevent similar crimes from being committed by enacting Cato’s Law, which requires a minimum five-year prison sentence for deported felons who reenter the United States illegally. Cato’s Law was included as the centerpiece of legislation to end sanctuary policies and protect Americans. The law would hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for violating federal law and would also provide liability protections for state and local law enforcement agencies that cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies.

Kate Steinle (Photo via Facebook)

Sherrod, Tester, and Casey voted to block The bill was passed into law in October of the same year, ending its chances of becoming law.

Republicans accused Democrats of blocking weapons in order to defeat the bill. “The vast majority of Americans oppose sanctuary cities that harbor dangerous criminals living in the country illegally, and I urge my colleagues and colleagues to bring this smart anti-crime bill to the floor for serious debate and a vote. I am disappointed that this was blocked,” the senator said. Senator Tillis (R-NC) Said After voting.

Brown saw things differently. In October 2015, he reportedly said that Cato’s Law would “increase the prison population and waste taxpayer money.”

Days after the vote, Bill O’Reilly spoke out against mandating five-year prison sentences for such individuals, naming Brown despite the overwhelming number of illegal aliens who commit crimes. He blamed the Democratic Party for doing so. “Yet Democratic senators like Ohio’s crazy leftist Sherrod Brown oppose mandating five years in prison for such a person,” he told viewers. “Kate’s Law” would “waste taxpayer money by increasing the federal prison population.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“That’s right, Senator, instead of people who don’t comply with deportation with convicted aggravated felonies running around sanctuary cities like San Francisco selling drugs and shooting young women in the head, the Kate Law O’Reilly continued. “Brown is a disgrace. How the people of Ohio elected him is a cosmic mystery.”

Some Democratic elected officials have failed to prioritize this issue, even though Democrats have consistently polled it as one of Americans’ top concerns. They are beginning to recognize the Democratic Party’s long record of failure.

said Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.). fox news He said Riley’s death was a “failed sanctuary city policy” and one of the “results of the failures that are happening at the border.” Moskowitz also said that “Republicans have been talking about this issue for several years now, but Democrats have been a little bit behind.”

On Thursday, as polls show Democrats struggling on border security and immigration, President Joe Biden visited Brownsville, Texas, where National Border Security Council Chairman Brandon Judd said, “Too little.” , in a transparent attempt to shore up his own tenuous border credentials.

“He had three years to do what he needed to do to secure the border. He had three years to put policies in place,” Judd said. “It’s only eight months until the election, and now he seems interested. He’s only interested in the election because it’s selfish and he wants to save himself.”

In a fiery floor speech Wednesday, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) slammed Biden and his party’s record on border security, suddenly showing interest in the border after years of inaction. attacked Biden.

“He asked why we don’t have a border policy,” Tuberville said of Biden. “Well, dude, you’ve been here forever. What did you do during your tenure? You were zero.”

Brown, Casey and Tester are each seeking re-election to a third term in the Senate, where they overlap with Biden.

Riley’s suspected killer, Ybarra, first crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in September 2022, but was released into the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s broader catch-and-release network. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said there was not enough detention space to keep him locked up.

DHS officials said Ybarra should have been deported from the United States after he was arrested in Queens, New York, in September 2023 for assaulting a child under 17. Instead of being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ybarra was released under New York City’s sanctuary city policy.

Bradley Jay is Breitbart News’ Capitol Hill correspondent. Follow him on X/Twitter. @BradleyAJay.

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