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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Strengthen Immigration Enforcement

The bill enhances public safety, protects national security, and ensures the rule of law

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Washington, May 16, 2017 | Beth Breeding (202-225-5431) | comments
Today, House Judiciary 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, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431), will be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The Davis-Oliver Act, named after Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver who were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in October 2014, improves the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws to enhance public safety. The bill provides tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies and contains much needed changes to protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

The Davis-Oliver Act also 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.

Chairman Goodlatte issued the following statement on the introduction of the Davis-Oliver Act:

“Any immigration reform must start with enforcement. 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.

Bill text can be found here.
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