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We Must Enforce Our Immigration Laws

July 23, 2015
Blog Post

The recent murder of Kate Steinle is a tragic reminder that we must enforce our immigration laws. Fixing our immigration system requires a careful and measured approach. Securing our border and enforcing our current laws must be a top priority.

This week Kate’s father Jim testified before Congress stating, “Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America. Unfortunately, due to unjointed laws and basic incompetence of the government, the US has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should have never been on the streets in this country... It is unbelievable to see that so many innocent Americans have been killed by undocumented immigrant felons in recent years...121 times over the past 4 years the administration has released an illegal immigrant with prior criminal convictions that later went on to be charged with a murder when they should have been deported . That’s 1 every 12 days. Our family realizes the complexities of immigration laws, however, we feel strongly that some legislation should be discussed, enacted and/or changed to take these undocumented immigrant felons off our streets for good.”

Today, I supported House passage of the Enforce the Law Sanctuary Cities Act. This bill cuts off specific federal grants for sanctuary cities that ignore federal immigration law and threaten the safety of their communities.

Furthermore, I am an original cosponsor on H.R. 2942, the Stop Catch and Release Act. This bill will prevent any alien with a criminal background from being released prior to an immigration hearing. H.R. 2942 will reinforce current immigration laws as passed by previous Congresses and Presidents.

Immigrants have given America talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. We also need to enforce our laws in place. As a nation of immigrants, we must secure our border first, and then fix a broken immigration system in a way that rewards those who have abided by the law – not those who have broken it.