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Labrador Votes for Immigration Enforcement Bills

“The government has a basic responsibility to

protect our citizens”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Chairman of the House Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, voted for two immigration enforcement bills today: H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, and H.R. 3003, The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Kate’s Law increases penalties for deported felons who return to the U.S. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act combats dangerous sanctuary policies that shield illegal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. These bills include provisions from Rep. Labrador’s immigration enforcement bill, H.R. 2431, the Davis-Oliver Act.

Earlier today, Rep. Labrador participated in a press conference with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Republican Conference Vice Chair Doug Collins. A partial transcript of Rep. Labrador’s comments at the press conference is below.

“The bills we’re voting on today are a vital first step in fixing our broken immigration system. I’ve long believed – since I first came to Congress – that fixing our immigration system starts, first and foremost, with enforcement of the law. 

“Government at all levels have a basic responsibility to protect our citizens from those who are in our country illegally. And especially from those who commit criminal acts while staying here illegally. For too long, the federal government has looked the other way while sanctuary cities violate the law and undermine public safety. The bills we’re voting on today bring common sense to an issue where common sense has been in short supply, for far too long.

“I am glad that we are showing the American people that the House Republican Majority is serious about keeping its promises. And I’m especially glad that the bills we’re voting on are from the Davis-Oliver Act, which I introduced with Chairman Goodlatte. As the new Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, I look forward to having the Davis-Oliver Act come to the floor sometime soon

“I’m also looking forward to having a floor vote on the Judiciary Committee's other immigration enforcement bills, including Mandatory E-Verify and other issues we have been working for the past few months. I am eager to work with Secretary Kelly, Chairman Goodlatte, and Leadership to make that happen.”

To watch Rep. Labrador’s remarks, please click here.

Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Actprovides more tools to fight sanctuary policies and punish rogue cities. Specifically, the bill:

·         Clarifies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority - the tool used by federal immigration enforcement officers to pick up criminal aliens from local jails - by establishing statutory probable cause standards to issue detainers for the first time.

·         Withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE.

·         Protects jurisdictions that comply with detainers from being sued, while allowing victims of crime to sue jurisdictions that refuse to comply and subsequently release criminal aliens onto the streets.

·         Contains Sarah and Grant’s Law, which ensures unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings.

On May 24, 2017, the House Judiciary approved Rep. Labrador’s bill, the Davis-Oliver Act. To learn more about the bill, please click here