Last week the House of Representatives passed Kate’s Law, H.R. 3004. It will increase the penalties for a deported felon who comes back into the U.S, and cut federal funding to “sanctuary cities.” The bill now goes to the Senate.

Last week the House of Representatives passed Kate’s Law, H.R. 3004.  It will increase the penalties for a deported felon who comes back into the U.S, and cut federal funding to “sanctuary cities.”  The bill now goes to the Senate.

On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was tragically shot and killed while the walking the streets of San Francisco with her father. The bullet came from a gun stolen by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an immigrant who had re-entered this country illegally after being deported for committing a separate crime.

It’s a story re-told too many times.

Norlan Estrada-Reyes, 27, who was born in Sulaco, Honduras, had been deported only to illegally return to the U.S.  He had been arrested twice in Denver, once in 2013, again in 2014.  Oct. 30 last year, police say he was behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck that struck and killed 28-year-old Karina Pulec.

Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo, a 40-year-old Mexican national residing in Louisville, Kentucky, was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed two women last December.  He fled the scene, and is still at large.  He had been deported eight times.

To be clear, even with these serious crimes, illegal immigrants account for a small part of those types of crimes committed in the U.S.  Illegal immigrants who commit these types of crimes should be deported.  It questions the effectiveness of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau allowing them back into the U.S.

In the past ICE paid a small bounty to local police and sheriff departments who found and incarcerated illegal immigrants.  But then we didn’t see thousands upon thousands of immigrants flooding into this country.

Reports coming out of Texas, California, Minnesota, Michigan, and elsewhere are telling of the roundup of hundreds of illegal immigrants at at time in preparation for deportment.  ICE is saying that each of these immigrants are guilty of a serious crime, but are not being told what crimes they have committed.  They’re pulled out of restaurants, work places, and their homes without warning.

One glaring fact is many of these suddenly “criminal” immigrants are Christians.  Some have been in this country for 40 years!  Many do not have family in Iraq, they have all fled or been murdered, and their villages destroyed.  WorldNetDaily reporter Leo Homann said the founder of a Chaldean-centered school, Nathan Kalasho, said many of these immigrants are so Americanized they don’t even speak Arabic.

“What makes this so puzzling and frustrating is both the last administration and the current one have said these are people who are victims of genocide, but then they turn around and say that, although they are victims of genocide, they are perfectly able to survive if they get dropped off at an airport in Baghdad,” Kalasho said. “I don’t want to speculate on anything, but there are not many Christians currently in Baghdad. And many of these individuals being deported don’t know a lick of Arabic. Many proudly expose the cross. Many have tattoos of the cross or other Christian symbols, which will make them a clear target for someone who is a radicalized Muslim.”

It’s not just being a Christian that makes them a target; any ties with the U.S. makes them fair game for kidnapping, torture, and eventually beheading.  Usually a ransom is demanded from the families, but often after the ransom is paid the family member is murdered.

Sometimes deportation can be the wrong thing to do.

Myron Blaine has lived in Hannibal since 1987. He is married and has two sons. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Courier-Post.