U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz issued the statement praising the passage of Kate’s Law today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives took a tremendous step today to protect our national security and ensure the safety of our communities by passing Kate’s Law,” said Sen. Cruz. “I applaud their efforts, and I look forward to the Senate swiftly taking up this bill and hopefully, passing it. We must protect the American people, and Kate’s Law will save lives by ensuring that violent illegal immigrants who repeatedly flout our laws are taken off the streets for good.

Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle. Kate was shot and killed two years ago by an immigrant who had committed numerous felonies. He had previously been deported and reentered the country illegally five different times.

Kate’s Law would increase the maximum sentence for illegal reentry to five years and create a new illegal reentry penalty of up to ten years for anyone who had previously been denied admission or deported at least three times.

It would also enforce a five year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of illegal reentry who had a prior aggravated felony or had been convicted of illegal reentry at least twice before.

Senator Ted Cruz is the lead sponsor of Kate’s Law in the Senate. The bill currently has 13 co-sponsors.