Sen. Ted Cruz is trying for the second time this month to move a "Kate's law" bill, after the Senate failed to impose tougher penalties on illegal immigrants who re-enter the U.S. after being deported.
The Texas Republican's new bill introduced Wednesday would impose a five-year minimum sentence on any illegal immigrant who re-enters the country. It's a response to the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
Cruz's second attempt comes after Senate Democrats prevented a broader bill to move ahead in the Senate this week. That bill included Kate's Law, but was also aimed at cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that ignore federal immigration law.
However, Democrats filibustered it and it failed to win enough votes to advance on Tuesday. Cruz blasted Democrats this week for failing to protect U.S. citizens against dangerous immigrants.
"This ought to be a clear choice: With whom do you stand?" he asked. "I hope my colleagues in the Senate will support this bill and stand with the American people — the people we should be protecting — rather than convicted felons like the murderer of Kate Steinle."