A new bill introduced in the US Senate would make assaulting law enforcement officers and others a deportable offense.
U.S. Senator Ted Budd, R-NC, introduced the Protect Our Law Enforcement with Immigration Control and Enforcement (POLICE) Act on Thursday. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to add a provision stating that “any alien who has been convicted of, who admits to having committed or who admits to having committed acts constituting the essential elements of an offense involving the assault on a law enforcement officer is deportable.
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The law would apply to those who assault law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders.
Current law does not cover all assaults on law enforcement, meaning some foreign nationals “may remain in the country even after committing this reprehensible crime,” Budd said.
The companion bill, HR 2494, filed by Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-NY, and several cosponsors, pass the House on Wednesday by a vote of 255 to 175.
“Supporting our police includes deporting dangerous people who harm them,” Budd said in a statement. “If an illegal immigrant commits the crime of assaulting an officer, he should be subject to immediate deportation. Our legislators must always support the men and women who protect and serve our communities. »
The bill was introduced after a record number of people, more than 7.7 million, were apprehended or reported escaping capture after entering the United States illegally since January 2021, and after more than 300 known suspected terrorists were apprehended illegally entering the northern and southern border. this exercise only.
The House passed the bill nine months after a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed by two Mexican brothers who were illegally in the United States and had already been deported.
On August 11, two of three Mexican brothers allegedly killed Raleigh Sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd: Alder Alfonso Marin Sotelo, 25, and Arturo Marin Sotelo, 29. eluded captured for several days before being captured and taken into custody on August 16.
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Their youngest brother, Rolando Marin Sotelo, 18, was charged with possession of ammunition.
The brothers are from Guerrero, located in the far south of Mexico, near the border with Guatemala, according Que Pasa. Immigration and Customs Control said Fox News Digital last year that the two older brothers had both illegally entered the United States through the southern border “on an unknown date, at an unknown location”, i.e. between a port of entry , as getaways.
After the two older Mexican brothers were apprehended, charged and held in a regional jail in Farmville, Virginia, they escaped on April 30. according the FBI. Alder was apprehended by Mexican authorities on May 4 in Guerrero, according to the FBI. His brother, Marin, is still at large. The FBI asks for help locating him; An investigation is underway.
According to ICE, Arturo was apprehended in 2010 after entering the United States illegally and was deported. The second time he entered illegally, he was not caught and made it to North Carolina. In 2019, Rolando had already been apprehended in Arizona and was also deported, only later to illegally reenter on a “parole” exemption.
Some critics argue that the deportation does not do justice to the victims and that they prefer that the perpetrators be imprisoned or face the death penalty depending on the state where the offense is committed. They also argue that “sanctuary” status in US cities and counties should be banned – such as that in Wake County, where the deputy was killed.
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Wake County is one of the most dangerous ‘sanctuary communities’ in the United States, according to a recent reportbecause its law enforcement agencies have limited cooperation with ICE.
In 2019, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, introduced a bill allowing “sanctuary communities” to be sued by victims of crimes committed by illegal alien nationals if local authorities do not cooperate with law enforcement. ‘ICE. During the introduction of the bill, Tillis pointed to county Durham, Mecklenburg and Wake sheriff’s offices that he said were not cooperating with ICE.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.