Sessions Introduces Immigration Enforcement Bill

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has introduced legislation to beef up enforcement of immigration law.

The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act is named for two local law enforcement officers who were murdered by an illegal immigrant who had already been deported twice.

“This legislation will ensure cooperation between state, local, and federal officials, each with their own valuable role,” Sessions added. “It will crack down on sanctuary cities. It will empower our Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to actually enforce our immigration laws—protecting the jobs, wages, and well-being of the American people. It will make sure that our immigration policies are carried out—not ignored.”

Sens. Tom Cotton, David Vitter, David Purdue and Jim Inhofe joined Sen. Sessions as co-sponsors.  The bill is intended to be a companion piece of legislation to a similar House bill introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

“In America, tens of thousands of preventable crimes occur each year, including the most violent and heinous, because of our failure to enforce our immigration laws. Too many people are living in fear of violent gangs and drug cartels as a result,” he said.

“Every single day, law officers at the state, local, and federal level are forced to release criminal aliens who pose a threat to community safety—in violation of current laws that require deportation,” he added.