Most Americans Support “Kate’s Law” to Lock Up Illegal Alien Felons

Senate Democrats cravenly blocked legislation to mandate prison sentences for violent illegal alien offenders who had been deported but returned illegally to the U.S.

Known as “Kate’s Law” named after Kate Steinle, a young woman brutally gunned down by a hardened illegal alien felon who was running the streets thanks to San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, the legislation never reached the Senate floor.kate steinle

Canny politicians can now use this against the rabidly pro-illegal alien crown because vast majorities of the American people strongly support this legislation according to the latest polls.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a five-year mandatory prison sentence for illegal immigrants convicted of major felonies who return to America after being deported. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% oppose such legislation, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and 53% of voters not affiliated with either major political party favor a law like the proposed Kate’s Law. Democrats agree by a much narrower 43% to 36% margin, with 21% undecided.

The national poll also showed the American people are fed up with Obama’s soft on illegal aliens lack of enforcement policy:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters say the federal government is not aggressive enough in punishing illegal immigrants who commit felony crimes in this country. Just 22% believe the government is aggressive enough in punishing these individuals, but nearly as many (19%) are not sure.

Following Steinle’s murder by an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported several times and come back, 62% of voters said the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, and 58% said the federal government should cut off funding for those cities.

Of course, Obama is doing no such thing and is instead defending sanctuary cities no matter how many Americans are slaughtered by illegal alien criminals.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters believe illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America. Thirty-three percent (33%) say it has no impact on crime.  More voters than ever feel the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally.

Even just 27% of Democrats think the federal government is aggressive enough in punishing illegal immigrants who commit felonies. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of GOP voters and 56% of unaffiliateds say the government is not aggressive enough in this area.

These results track with many other national polls on immigration.

Voters remain seriously worried about illegal immigration and still think stricter border control is the best way to stop it.

Most voters continue to believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage, rather than discourage, illegal immigration. 

Obama’s plan to exempt millions of illegal immigrants from deportation still remains on hold courtesy of the federal courts, and that’s fine with most voters who continue to oppose the plan.