Saturday, May 18, 2024

Infamously Anti-immigrant GOP Senator Introduces New Immigration Enforcement Bill


Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, notoriously outspoken on issues of immigration, introduced yesterday the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act to prevent “the planned and sustained dismantlement of immigration enforcement in America.” The bill, named after two police officers who died in a 2014 shootout with an undocumented immigrant, is aimed at strengthening Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and increasing vigilance on cities that protect undocumented immigrants.

“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,” read a statement from Sen. Sessions’ office.

Sen. Sessions in large part blamed the Obama Administration for fostering “sanctuary cities,” where undocumented immigrants are protected from deportation. The Senator also claimed that there exist some 169,000 “criminal aliens” in the United States right now, who have criminal convictions who have been ordered deported but remain at large.

“[This legislation] 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,” the statement concluded.

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