House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador have unveiled legislation to strengthen immigration enforcement, enhance public safety, protect national security, and ensure the rule of law.

Read more below or Chairman Goodlatte and Rep. Labrador’s op-ed on Fox News.

Keeping Americans Safe

No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), strengthens the law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. 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. 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 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. This provision is named after Sarah Root and Grant Ronnebeck. In January 2016, an unlawful immigrant driving drunk struck Sarah Root’s car and subsequently killed her. She had just graduated from college. To make matters worse, the person responsible was released from custody and is still on the loose. And in January 2015, Grant Ronnebeck was murdered at a convenience store by a convicted felon who was free on bond while facing deportation.

Kate's Law

Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), protects 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.

The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act

The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) is authored by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

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.

The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on May 24, 2017.

 

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The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act

The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 2826) reforms the refugee program by curbing fraud and strengthening public safety and national security. It also provides state and local governments the power to decide if refugees are to be resettled within their communities and gives Congress, not the President, the authority to set the overall refugee ceiling for each year.

The Protection of Children Act

The Protection of Children Act ensures that unaccompanied alien minors who make the dangerous journey to the United States are safely returned home. For those who stay with a sponsor in the United States while awaiting their immigration hearing, the bill provides for greater transparency and safety of these minors to ensure they are not inadvertently delivered into the hands of criminals or abusers.

Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act

The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391), originally introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and now sponsored by Representative Mike Johnson (R-La.), reforms our nation’s asylum laws.The recent surge of Central American unaccompanied alien minors and family units seeking to enter the U.S. illegally at our southern border put a strain on manpower and resources. It also exposed loopholes in our nation’s immigration laws that are being exploited by smugglers and others seeking to game the system. TheAsylum Reform and Border Protection Act makes a number of improvements to our nation’s laws to prevent fraud and abuse in the system and ensure that asylum is reserved for those truly fleeing persecution in their home countries.

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