Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s end-of-year statistics for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection:

“President Trump’s commitment to robust enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws has produced significant results. The Trump Administration’s strong action has caused illegal immigration to drop significantly at the U.S.-Mexico border and has sent the strong message to the world that our immigration laws will be enforced. While the Trump Administration has reversed many of the Obama Administration’s disastrous policies and has made tremendous strides to restore the rule of law, it’s clear that we need to improve our nation’s immigration laws and provide more tools to further reduce illegal immigration, drug trafficking, human smuggling, and keep dangerous criminal aliens off our streets.

“The House Judiciary Committee has produced a number of bills to strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws within the interior of the United States, combat misguided and dangerous sanctuary policies that shield criminals from the law, reform the refugee and asylum programs, ensure unaccompanied minors who make the dangerous journey to the U.S. are safely returned home, and expand E-verify nationwide to reduce incentives for those seeking to come to our country illegally. The House must pass all of 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.”

Information on the House Judiciary Committee’s efforts to improve our nation’s immigration laws can be found here.