House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) yesterday that would strengthen interior enforcement. The bill would protect and encourage jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE detainer requests and would target sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding federal grants.
The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of the bill on Thursday.
“The bill I’m introducing today, the Davis-Oliver Act, gives states and localities the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. We already entrust them with enforcing most categories of federal law, and immigration law should be no exception. The Davis-Oliver Act is a first and necessary step to modernize a broken immigration system. While other reforms are needed, my bill is vital to a long-term fix,” Rep. Labrador said in his press release.
The bill is named after Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver, two California deputy sheriffs who were murdered by illegal aliens.
The Davis-Oliver Act would:
- Authorize states and local jurisdictions to:
- pass and enforce immigration laws that are consistent with federal law, and
- enter into agreements with the federal government to assist in the enforcement of immigration law and create a federal grant program to fund those efforts.
- Expand the list of deportable offenses and expands expedited removal.
- Block visas to recalcitrant countries (countries that refuse to repatriate deported aliens).
- Require states and local jurisdictions to notify the feds whenever they detain an individual suspected of being in the country illegally.
- Require the federal government to enter into agreements with states and local jurisdictions that wish to assist in immigration enforcement.
- Require DHS to include deportable aliens in the national crime database.
- Clarify that state and local officers have full authority to honor detainers that allow ICE to take custody of removable aliens.
- Improve the vetting process to prevent issuing visas to individuals who pose a potential national security risk.
- Authorize the hiring of 12,500 ICE agents and provide ICE with more resources.
The bill was introduced with five original cosponsors, including Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas), and Ted Poe (R-Texas).
The Davis-Oliver Act is part of our 5 Great Immigration Solutions bills.
“The Davis-Oliver Act contains many tools to enhance the safety of our communities, such as cracking down on sanctuary jurisdictions that needlessly jeopardize Americans’ lives. It also ensures that no future administration can unilaterally stop the enforcement of our immigration laws,” House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte wrote in his statement.
Read the full House Judiciary Committee press release here.
Read the bill summary here.
Updated: Wed, May 31st 2017 @ 9:55am EDT