'Kate's Law': GOP could win big with bills addressing illegal immigration

On July 1, 2015 -- almost exactly two years ago to the day -- Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed while walking in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported from the U.S. multiple times after repeatedly entering the country illegally.

A law named for Kathryn, "Kate's Law," is one of two bills the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider on Thursday meant to both crack down on "sanctuary cities" and toughen penalties for those previously deported who re-enter or attempt to re-enter the country.

Kate Steinle was just one victim of a crime committed by an undocumented immigrant, and the stories of others like Kate -- those whose lives were ended by crimes committed by people who entered the U.S. illegally -- have found a prominent placement in the narrative of the downfalls of America's immigration system at the bedrock of President Trump's platform.

See the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants:

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Dominic Durden

Durden, 30, was riding his motorcycle when he was killed in an accident with an undocumented immigrant driving a pickup truck.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Sabine Durden (R) of Mineral Spring, Arkansas, whose son Dominic Durden was killed in a traffic accident with an undocumented immigrant, receives a hug from Acting Assistant Director of VOICE Office Barbara Gonzalez (2nd R) after a news conference April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly held a news conference to announce the opening of the new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jamiel Shaw Jr.

Jamiel Shaw Jr., 17, was shot and killed near his home by two undocumented immigrant men.

Jamiel Shaw holds a memorial pin featuring his murdered son, Jamiel Shaw Jr., 17, who was killed by in Los Angeles an illegal immigrant. Shaw joined others talking about dealing with the loss of their children and shared a meal together during an annual Holiday Party hosted by Justice for Murdered Children at Mills Park community room in Carson. The group works with police to help solve case of murdered children. Hundreds of donated gifts were given to the children of the families. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Sgt. Brandon Mendoza

Mendoza, 32, was killed in a head-on collision when an undocumented drunk driver crashed into his vehicle.

Immigration Reform Advocate Mary Ann Mendoza, left, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Republican factions trying to stop Donald Trump's nomination noisily disrupted a vote on party convention rules, displaying the fissures in the party on the first day of its national convention. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Grant Ronnebeck

Grant Ronnebeck, 21, was shot in the face during a shift at the Quick Trip mart by an undocumented immigrant.

Montgomery County Police Department Chief Thomas Manger listens to testimony by other witnesses as he appears before a Senate Judiciary Committee on U.S. immigration enforcement policies, on Capitol Hill in Washington July 21, 2015. Pictured at right is murder victim Grant Ronnebeck, whose death was alleged to be at the hands of an undocumented immigrant. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Sarah Root

Sarah Root, 21, was killed in a car accident by an undocumented drunk driver who was driving while three times over the legal limit.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - SEPTEMBER 28: Donald Trump invites Michelle Root onstage whose daughter, 21-year-old Sarah Root, was killed in January by a drunk driver who turned out to be in the country illegally at a Trump rally on September 28, 2016 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Trump has been campaigning today in Iowa, Wisconsin and Chicago. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Kathryn Steinle

Kathryn Steinle, 32, was murdered while walking along a San Francisco pier by an undocumented criminal who had been deported several times prior.

strolling on San Francisco's Embarcadero, was a tragedy. 

Family members of murder victim Kathryn Steinle, allegedly killed at the hands of an undocumented immigrant, react as her father Jim Steinle (not pictured) testifies about her murder during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on U.S. immigration enforcement policies, on Capitol Hill in Washington July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Many of these victims' families felt championed by the president's campaign agenda, and movement of these two bills through the House could mean Trump is one step closer to making good on his "law and order" promises he proudly touted throughout the 2016 election season.

Fathers like Jamiel Shaw and Steve Ronnebeck, whose sons were both gunned down by illegal immigrants, were invited by the Trump team to take part in campaign events. Jamiel Shaw appeared at the 2016 Republican National Convention to tell the story of his 17-year-old son's death, while Ronnebeck spoke at an August campaign rally in Phoenix, where he told a crowd of his son's being shot in the face while working a shift at a convenience store in Mesa, Ariz.

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Sabine Durden's 30-year-old son, Dominic, was killed in 2012 while driving his motorcycle when an undocumented immigrant crashed into him with a pickup truck. Durden, like Jamiel Shaw, spoke of her son's death and the need for at the RNC.

"'I've been talking about my son's death since he was killed in 2012, and no one listened until Donald Trump," Durden said. "Donald Trump is not only my hero. He's my lifesaver."

Both "Kate's Law" and the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" are sponsored by GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.

"We passed [Kate's Law] in the last Congress and it didn't go anywhere," Goodlatte recently told Fox News, "and we're hoping the Senate will take it up because it has such enormous public support."

According to the Hill, Democrats will encourage members of their caucus to vote no on the bill cracking down on sanctuary cities, but will be less so pressing when it comes to "Kate's Law."

RELATED: A look at "Sanctuary Cities" in the US

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Sanctuary cities in the United States

Washington, DC

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New York City, New York

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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Los Angeles, California

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San Francisco, California

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San Diego, California

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Detroit, Michigan 

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Chicago, Illinois 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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Denver, Colorado

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Baltimore, Maryland

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Seattle, Washington

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Portland, Oregon

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Berkeley, California

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Watsonville, California

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 East Haven, Connecticut

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Hartford, Connecticut

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West Palm Beach, Florida

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Louisville, Kentucky

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New Orleans, Louisiana 

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Amherst, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Somerville, Massachusetts

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Jackson, Mississippi

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Newark, New Jersey

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Albany, New York

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Ithaca, New York

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Springfield, Oregon

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Providence, Rhode Island

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Burlington, Vermont

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"Kate's Law is a little more complicated," Democratic whip Rep. Steny Hoyer reportedly told reporters on Tuesday. "I'm advising members to look at it carefully and see what their conclusion is."

The Trump Administration issued a statement expressing support for the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act this week, saying President Trump would sign the bill into law if passed in its current state.

"The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," a statement from the Trump administration released on Tuesday read. "This bill would ensure that American taxpayers are not subsidizing States and localities that work to affirmatively thwart Federal law enforcement efforts."

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