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Labrador & Goodlatte Introduce Bill to Strengthen Immigration Enforcement

The bill enhances public safety, protects national security,

and ensures the rule of law

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced a robust immigration enforcement bill to enhance public safety, protect national security, and ensure the rule of law.  This bill will be consideredby the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The Davis-Oliver Act (H.R.2431), is named in honor of two California officers, Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver. Davis and Oliver were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in October 2014. The bill improves the enforcement of immigration laws to enhance public safety, adds tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies and contains needed changes to protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

The Davis-Oliver Act protects national security by improving our nation’s first line of defense, the visa issuance process. It provides thorough screening of foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States in order to prevent terrorists from entering the United States. The bill also ensures the rule of law and removes the ability of any President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement by granting states and localities the authority to enforce their own immigration laws consistent with federal practices. 

Rep. Labrador and Chairman Goodlatte issued the statements below on the introduction of the Davis-Oliver Act.

Rep. Labrador: “One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law. We need to give law enforcement at all levels the tools and resources they need to keep America safe and secure. The previous administration was ideologically driven to shut down immigration enforcement. Our new President, however, owes his position to the promise he made to the American people to get serious about enforcing our laws. This bill helps him do that.

“The bill I’m introducing today, the Davis-Oliver Act, gives states and localities the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. We already entrust them with enforcing most categories of federal law, and immigration law should be no exception.

“The Davis-Oliver Act is a first and necessary step to modernize a broken immigration system. While other reforms are needed, my bill is vital to a long-term fix. I am proud that Chairman Goodlatte has joined me in introducing it, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in getting it passed and signed into law.” 

Chairman Goodlatte: “Any immigration reform must start with enforcement first. While most unlawful immigrants come to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their families, there are too many others who commit crimes against Americans. Many families across the United States who have lost loved ones due to lax immigration enforcement have testified before the House Judiciary Committee. We have a duty to them and to all Americans to provide the tools necessary to strengthen public safety and the rule of law.

“While the Trump Administration has made great progress in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, a number of statutory changes are needed. The Davis-Oliver Act contains many tools to enhance the safety of our communities, such as cracking down on sanctuary jurisdictions that needlessly jeopardize Americans’ lives. It also ensures that no future administration can unilaterally stop the enforcement of our immigration laws. I thank Representative Labrador for introducing this much needed bill and look forward to taking it up in the House Judiciary Committee this week.

A summary of the Davis-Oliver Act can be found here.