The House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to improve the interior enforcement of our immigration laws.
H.R. 1148, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver 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. Key components of the bill can be found here.
“Adherence to and respect for the rule of law is the bedrock of our democracy. But for too long, our immigration laws have gone unenforced, and most Americans are rightfully skeptical of any reforms coming out of Washington.” Gowdy said. “This legislation allows our state and local law enforcement to assist in enforcing federal immigration laws, removing the ability of this or future Presidents to unilaterally turn off enforcement. We already entrust them with enforcing every category of law and for providing Members of Congress security at our town halls and events.
“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.”
Rep. Gowdy on strengthening the internal enforcement of our immigration laws: