Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy, a republican member of the US House from South Carolina, has introduced an immigration bill to sap funds from President Obama’s executive amnesty program and to expedite the removal of criminal aliens from within our sovereign borders.
The bill, dubbed for now just HR 2278, would enable state and local governments to more easily enforce federal immigration laws and would start an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases.
“If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we must address interior enforcement,” Gowdy said in a statement announcing the measure.
“This bill, which is one part of the Committee’s step-by-step process to address our broken immigration system, will ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and help us earn back the trust of the American public,” he added.
The bill would disallow Obama and future Chief Executives of the power to summarily halt immigration enforcement. It would also allow state and local governments the authorization and duty to enforce federal immigration laws.
The bill is named for fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Micheal David Davis who was killed last year in Placer County, CA when he was shot by illegal immigrant Marcelo Marquez, age 34.
Marquez later was taken into custody after surrendering at an Auburn, CA home.
Davis left behind a wife and four children. He’d been with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years and was the son a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy who had been killed in the line of duty 26 years earlier.
The bill would also enact mandatory detention for illegal immigrants who have been convicted of DUIs. Currently, DHS considers illegal immigrants with DUIs to be a low enforcement priority. That is at the behest of the Obama administration which says that enforcement should be focused on violent criminals and those and who pose a threat to national security.
ICE officers would also be helped by Gowdy’s law, the lawmaker insists, by strengthening their ability to make arrests for immigration violations. All deportation officers and agents will be allowed to carry firearms if the bill is passed.
Gowdy’s measure also addresses national security. The bill prohibits foreign terrorists or removable immigrants who pose a national security threat from receiving discretionary relief from removal or from being naturalized. It also addresses visa security by strengthening “the integrity of the student visa program” and granting DHS and the State Department the authority to revoke visas for foreign nationals if they pose a threat to national security.
“For decades, Americans have been promised a secure border and an immigration system that works for all Americans,” Gowdy said in his statement.
“Those promises have not been kept and both political parties bear responsibility for that. This legislation allows state and local governments to assist in the enforcement of our federal immigration laws. By doing so, we remove the ability of this or future Presidents – of either party – to systematically shut down portions of the law to suit their political purposes.”
Gowdy Warns Democrats on Obama’s Immigration Orders
In his opening statement at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders, Rep. Trey Gowdy again hammered the administration for ignoring the rule of law while warning Democrats of the long-term consequences of Obama’s actions. “You may benefit from the president’s failure to enforce the law today, but I’ll make you this promise: there will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law,” Gowdy said. “There will come a day where you long for the law to be the foundation of this republic. So you be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever.” Gowdy’s comments come as Congress debates fiscal 2015 funding for the Department of Homeland Security and whether to tie-in language defunding Obama’s immigration executive orders.
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