For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
House of Representatives to Consider Immigration Enforcement
(Washington, D.C.) - The House of Representatives is expected today to consider legislation to increase penalties for immigrants who re-enter the United States illegally after having been deported, and to increase penalties on 'Sanctuary Cities,' which do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. It would require that localities comply with detainers, keeping immigrants in until they can be deported. It would also strip some law enforcement funding from cities that do not comply. It also requires detention for immigrants with drunken driving violations, or who have had their visa revoked.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"America's immigration policies are in need of reform. That includes finding ways to improve enforcement, and to protect Americans and law-abiding immigrants against violent criminals and those who would take advantage of our country and its people. We encourage the House to consider the best ideas on how to accomplish this, through an open debate on these measures.
At the same time, this is far from the only part of our broken system that needs improvement. Our economy would benefit from employer-driven, market-based reforms that match willing workers and employers. Proposals have been advanced to recognize the tremendous contribution of immigrants in our armed services to protecting this nation, and to confer status on those brought here as children through no fault of their own. These proposals and others should be debated, allowing a majority in Congress to approve the best ideas. Throughout our nation's history, immigrants have come here to build better lives while building a better nation. It is time to review and update our laws to ensure that is the case going forward."
For Interviews with a representative from The LIBRE Initiative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 202-805-1581 or Wadi Gaitan, 202-853-4463