The Washington Examiner is reporting that Senate Democrats have voted to block two pieces of immigration reform legislation advanced by Republicans One was entitled the “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act” that would deny federal grants to local governments that refused to detain illegal immigrants at the request of Homeland Security. The other was the “Stop Illegal Reentry Act” that would require mandatory sentences to illegal immigrants who are deported, reenter the United States, and commit an aggravated felony.

The second bill was also called “Kate’s Law” after Kate Steinle” who was murdered a year ago by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times and was being shielded by San Francisco, a sanctuary city. The second bill was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz and was heavily promoted by Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly has been campaigning for Kate’s Law for the past year, ever since Steinle was murdered in San Francisco. He has had her bereaved father and brother on his show and has declared that no one with an ounce of human feeling would vote against the law.

Therefore it should pass with 100 votes in the Senate. Likely the Fox News host knew better than that and was using that statement to set up what is to follow.

Whether or not Senate Democrats have human feelings can be debated. But whatever sorrow they might feel about Kate Steinle’s murder was far outweighed by the perception that voting to sanction illegal aliens, even those who commit crimes, will hurt them with the Hispanic community.

Thus enough Senate Democrats voted to stop both pieces of legislation and in the process anger Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly has a widely watched TV show as a platform to express his anger. He now has an issue that most Americans will agree with, that being that anyone who commits heinous crimes, even if they are illegal aliens, should be sanctioned to the fullest extent of the law. He will likely start naming and shaming Democrats who opposed Kate’s Law (good luck on the shame part) and will see how many political careers he can end in the current election.

And so the battle begins.

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