Combating illegal immigration
Dear Friend -
When I am working in Virginia I hear time and time again: we have got to do something about illegal immigration in our country.
I agree. And I am committed to backing policies in Washington that will help reduce illegal immigration and keep our communities safe. Recently, the House passed two bills, which I supported, aimed at doing just that. There is some information on the legislation below.
H.R. 3003 – No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. This 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. It also withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE. The bill 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.
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act also contains provisions ensuring unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving or arrested for other dangerous crimes are detained during their removal proceedings.
H.R. 3004 - Kate's Law. This bill strengthens public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies.
I supported both of these bills because they are an important part of combating illegal immigration and keeping our communities safe. And I will continue to support legislation like this in the future.
I am confident these bills will pass the Senate and be signed into law.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House, especially if it concerns combating illegal immigration.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.