First, the big picture. I believe that Donald Trump separated himself from his Republican competitors last year by being tough on illegal immigration.
Mr. Trump made it very clear to the American people that he believes people entering the USA illegally should be held accountable for their actions.
He also championed Kate's Law, which would impose a mandatory minimum five-year federal prison term on foreigners convicted of crimes in the USA who reenter after being deported.
Kate's Law specifically says that convicted felons are the targets, not chambermaids and farm workers.
As you may know, The Factor came up with this law after 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot to death allegedly by an illegal alien felon, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez.
That man had been deported five times but illegally entered here six times.
How can that possibly happen? How can the guy avoid a long prison term - defying deportation - all those times?
It's insane. And America is at fault for allowing it to happen.
The toll on the Steinle family is immense.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, July 21, 2015
JIM STEINLE, KATE STEINLE’S DAD: “The day she was killed we were walking arm-in-arm on Pier 14 in San Francisco and enjoying a wonderful day together. Suddenly a shot rang out, Kate fell, and looked at me and said ‘help me, dad.’ Those are the last words I will ever hear from my daughter.”
The murder trial begins February 17th.
Also last Friday, a federal judge said the Steinle family is free to sue the U.S. government for general negligence but did dismiss the family's claims against San Francisco County.
That is why Kate's Law is needed. No American family should suffer at the hands of convicted foreign felons who defy deportation.
Talking Points believes one of the main reasons Donald Trump won the presidency is that he felt the outrage over Kate Steinle.
While many other politicians, including the entire Democratic Party and President Obama, did not.
Even if you are not a politically involved person, failing to harshly punish foreigners who defy deportation after committing heinous crimes in this country is inexcusable.
The government is there to protect we the people - not to look the other way when things break down, like our immigration system.
And remember, San Francisco let Sanchez go, let him out of jail after ICE requested the county hold him.
How bad is that?
This time around we expect Kate's Law to pass as the Democrats will have a very hard time blocking it.
And that will be a tremendous victory for every American citizen.
And that’s the memo.