O'Reilly: I'll Try to Get Steinle Family a Meeting With Obama
Bill O'Reilly said on "Fox and Friends" this morning that he hopes President Obama will accept a meeting with the parents of Kate Steinle.
O'Reilly spoke by phone with Ed Henry, Steve Doocy and Kimberly Guilfoyle about the progress of "Kate's Law" in the wake of the tragic murder in San Francisco.
His proposal calls for a mandatory five-year federal prison sentence for those who are deported after committing a crime, then re-enter the country illegally.
A second offense would trigger a 10-year-sentence and a third offense would be 20 years, he explained.
Steinle's accused killer, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was a repeat drug offender who had been deported from the United States five times.
O'Reilly said he believes Steinle's parents will testify before Congress and meet with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"If they want to, I'll try to get them a meeting with President Obama, who I believe would take the meeting," he said.
O'Reilly said he hopes those meetings will occur in September, after the August break, and that Kate's Law will pass in the fall.
O'Reilly added that he does not want this to turn into a "political play" and to blame President Obama for what happened in San Francisco.
He said more than 400,000 people have signed the petition on BillOReilly.com and he hopes that number will reach a million by the end of the week.
"If you're not fighting evil ... then you are evil. I don't believe in sitting it out," said O'Reilly.
Watch O'Reilly's interview with Steinle's parents and tune in for much more tonight on "The O'Reilly Factor" at 8/11p ET.