September 14, 2017 1:45 PM
The House today passed H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, as part of Republican immigration enforcement efforts. The bill encompasses a section of the Davis-Oliver Act, which 9th District Congressman Doug Collins co-sponsored.
Collins, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the bill’s passage:
There’s no question that gangs have blighted too many American communities and no doubt that the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act will help law enforcement make progress in combating violent transnational gangs. The House passed a bill today that would empower immigration officials to deport illegal alien members of such gangs operating on our streets.
While the main goal is dealing with gang activity the legislation also ensures that asylum and other protected statuses are reserved for those immigrants who follow the rule of law.