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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

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Gowdy Introduces Internal Enforcement Bill

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Washington, February 27, 2015 | comments

Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) joined Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in introducing legislation to improve the internal enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.

The Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, strengthens the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by allowing state and local governments to enforce federal immigration law. The bill also makes it more difficult for foreign nationals who pose a national security risk to enter and remain in the U.S., improves visa security, protects American communities from dangerous criminal aliens, strengthens border security, and equips our immigration enforcement officers to better do their jobs.

“For decades, Americans have been promised a secure border and an immigration system that works for all Americans,” said Gowdy. “Those promises have not been kept and both political parties bear responsibility for that. This legislation allows state and local governments to assist in the enforcement of our federal immigration laws. By doing so, we remove the ability of this or future Presidents – of either party – to systematically shut down portions of the law to suit their political purposes.”

“If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we must address interior enforcement. This bill, which is one part of the Committee’s step-by-step process to address our broken immigration system, will ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and help us earn back the trust of the American public.”

This is one of several bills the House Judiciary Committee introduced today to address various issues within our immigration system.

Key components of the bill can be found here.

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