Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to push for "Kate's Law," and sparked a war of words with Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Kate Steinle's death at the hands of a five-time deportee criminal sparked a national conversation on illegal immigration that animated the presidential campaigns particularly in the Republican field.

Kate's Law would install mandatory-minimum sentences on criminal illegal immigrants who return to the United States after deportation. Cruz urged its passage and noted that voters in San Francisco rejected the re-election bid of a sheriff who defended "sanctuary city" policies and released the criminal who would kill Steinle from jail before her murder.

Reid took issue with Cruz's legislation and noted the costs it would incur if enacted.

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