Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement in advance of President Trump’s visit to the Border Patrol station in Yuma, Arizona:

“President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law by directing his Administration to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. The President’s strong action has caused illegal immigration to drop significantly at the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to this progress, we also need to improve our nation’s immigration laws and provide more tools to further reduce illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling.

“The House of Representatives recently passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law. These bills combat dangerous sanctuary policies that allow criminals to remain on our streets and punish felons who repeatedly enter the U.S. illegally, respectively. Both of these bills would dramatically improve public safety and I call on the Senate again to pass them without delay.

“The House Judiciary Committee has also approved a number of bills to strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws within the interior of the United States, reform the refugee and asylum programs, and ensure unaccompanied minors who make the dangerous journey to the U.S. are safely returned home. The House must pass all these bills to provide the Trump Administration the tools needed to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws, and to ensure that future administrations do not ignore immigration enforcement laws.”

Background: To date, the House Judiciary Committee has approved four bills to improve the United States’ immigration system:

  • The Davis-Oliver Act (H.R. 2431) improves the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws to enhance public safety.
  • The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 2826) reforms the refugee program and provides state and local governments the power to decide if refugees are to be resettled within their communities.
  • The Protection of Children Act (H.R. 495) 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.
  • The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391) reforms our nation’s asylum laws to prevent fraud and abuse in the system and ensures that asylum is reserved for those truly fleeing persecution in their home countries.

The House of Representatives has also approved the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), both of which are components of the Davis-Oliver Act, to strengthen public safety by combating dangerous sanctuary policies that shield criminals from immigration enforcement and by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States.

To learn more about the House Judiciary Committee’s work to improve our nation’s immigration laws, click here.