CRIMINAL ALIEN GANG MEMBER REMOVAL ACT (HR3697) PASSES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NOW MOVING FORWARD TO THE SENATE CHAMBERS. (See HR3697 in comments below.)
JUST IN: House Overrules Dems And Passes Bill To Deport Gang Members
By Warner Todd Huston September 14, 2017
The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (HR 3697) passed in a 233-175 vote, and was backed largely by GOP lawmakers, and opposed by most Democrats. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock. R-Va.
>> The bill would require illegal aliens to be detained and deported if police can prove that they are members of a street gang, such as MS-13.
>> “It will provide additional tools to law enforcement that will ensure that when [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] positively identifies a known alien gang member, they may act immediately,” Comstock said on the House floor. “We don’t have to wait until these brutal killers wield their machetes or leave another body on a children’s playground.”
CRIMINAL ALIEN GANG MEMBER REMOVAL ACT (H.R. 3697) – BY REP. BARBARA COMSTOCK (R-VA)
Bill’s background and summary by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee:
• Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) to combat gang violence by criminal aliens and enhance public safety.
• In order to protect Americans from violent gangs, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act ensures that alien gang members are kept off our streets by barring them from coming to the United States and detaining and removing them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity.
• Additionally, the bill ensures that criminal alien gang members are not eligible for immigration benefits, such as asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and temporary protected status, which are reserved for those around the world most in need of protection.
House votes to deport illegal immigrant gang members over Democratic objections
By Al Weaver Sep 14, 2017
…Comstock’s Northern Virginia district is home to members of the MS-13 gang, which has been responsible for eight deaths in the district since November, according to the congresswoman.
Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., were also key backers of the legislation…
115TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION H. R. 3697
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to aliens
associated with criminal gangs, and for other purposes. (18 pages, pdf file)
Excerpt: SEC. 2. GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY AND DEPORT-1 ABILITY FOR ALIEN GANG MEMBERS. 2 (a) DEFINITION OF GANG MEMBER.—Section 101(a) 3 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 4 1101(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: 5 ‘‘(53) The term ‘criminal gang’ means an ongoing 6 group, club, organization, or association of 5 or more per-7 sons that has as one of its primary purposes the commis-8 sion of 1 or more of the following criminal offenses and 9 the members of which engage, or have engaged within the 10 past 5 years, in a continuing series of such offenses, or 11 that has been designated as a criminal gang by the Sec-12 retary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the At-13 torney General, as meeting these criteria. The offenses de-14 scribed, whether in violation of Federal or State law or 15 foreign law and regardless of whether the offenses oc-16 curred before, on, or after the date of the enactment of 17 this paragraph, are the following: 18 ‘‘(A) A ‘felony drug offense’ (as defined in sec-19 tion 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 20 U.S.C. 802)). 21 ‘‘(B) An offense under section 274 (relating to 22 bringing in and harboring certain aliens), section 23 277 (relating to aiding or assisting certain aliens to 24 enter the United States), or section 278 (relating to 25 importation of alien for immoral purpose)