The Political InsiderThe bill is called the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and it was approved by the House today with a vote of 233-175.
The bill will specifically target members of violent gang members associated with MS-13. The Political Insider Reports:
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) introduced the bill specifically to target the violent criminal gang MS-13, which is largely compromised of immigrants and illegals from Central America, primarily El Salvador. In a statement issued after the bill’s passage, Comstock said, “In Northern Virginia, there have been at least eight brutal murders tied to the transnational MS-13 gang since last November.”
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said, “In the last year-and-a-half, 17 innocent young people have been slaughtered with machetes and knives by MS-13.”
The bill will give DHS the power to designate a group of five or more people as a criminal gang. Any immigrants determined to have participated in the gang or furthered its illegal activity can be detained and deported.
Democrat members of the House largely opposed the legislation. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the bill “would shred due process protections and would allow deportations of innocent immigrants based on the flimsiest of evidence.”
Additionally, two days before Jeff Sessions will visit Long Island, NY Governor Cuomo passed legislation targeting the violent gang in his state.
Now, we have the bill here so you can read it HR 3697. I know that may be a lot to ask but it’s only 20 pages.
A couple of things to note here once DHS and the DOJ designate the “gang” they must notify leaders of both parties within seven days. However, the DHS and the DOJ can designate that information classified and not have to notify Congress.
Some on the left have warned that a blanket deportation law would come and claims it would infringe on peoples rights to due process. It appears, the White House and the Congress just lowered that due process.
I know my friends on the right will say “they are here illegally and must be deported.” To that I say you are correct but, we are a first world country if they get caught here illegally then they should be deported under due process afforded to them. What’s the need for the expediency? Also if you’re an illegal immigrant and commit a serious crime don’t deport them, many of them come back. Lock them up at least we know where they are.
Do you think more of these bills should be passed? Or this is a serious infringement on peoples rights?