Two bills were passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday that will help make the country safer for United States citizens. One of these bills, that was long overdue, was the passing of Kate's Law. Last year public outcry, as well as pressure from Bill O'Reilly, pushed for the passage of Kate's law, but a previous version of the law was blocked by Senate Democrats.

Kate's Law will increase penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the U.S. after being previously deported. The bill passed by a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.

The senseless murder of Kate Steinle put the issue of previously-deported illegal aliens who repeatedly commit crimes into the national spotlight. Alleged shooter Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions. The story of Kate's shooting and that of her murderer can be found in an article previously published by OpsLens.

The House also passed a bill to pull federal funding for certain programs away from "Sanctuary Cities." Named as the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," the bill would cut federal grants to states and "Sanctuary Cities" that refuse to cooperate with law enforcement carrying out immigration enforcement activities.

This win is only half the battle. Both bills will face substantial opposition in the Senate from the Democratic side of the aisle who successfully blocked Kate's Law last year. The Senate Republicans will need all their members and at least eight Democrats to vote with them to assure Kate's Law as well as the No Sanctuary Law will pass. It will be a steep hill to climb.

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Jon Harris is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former Army NCO, Sergeant Morales Club member, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with over 30 years in the law enforcement community.

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