Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s call on Congress to address the Supreme Court’s decision in Sessions v. Dimaya and close the “aggravated felony” loophole.
“I agree with the Trump Administration that Congress must remedy the recent Supreme Court decision that allows some criminals convicted of serious crimes to avoid deportation. In drafting the Securing America’s Future Act, we anticipated this issue based on previous court opinions about the vagueness of some federal criminal statutes, and we included a legislative fix to ensure that federal immigration authorities have the ability to remove dangerous criminals from the United States. The federal government’s primary duty is to keep Americans safe, and it is imperative that Congress close this and other dangerous loopholes as quickly as possible. I continue to work with Members of Congress on fine-tuning the Securing America’s Future Act and call on House Leadership to schedule a vote on this bill soon.”
Background: Earlier this year, Chairman Goodlatte, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) introduced the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760). This bill bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. One of the bill’s effects, among others, would be to remedy the Supreme Court decision in Sessions v. Dimaya.