Labrador immigration enforcement bill approved by judiciary committee

May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved a robust immigration enforcement bill introduced by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Their legislation, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) was approved by a vote of 19-13.

The Davis-Oliver Act, named after Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver who were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in October 2014, improves the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws to enhance public safety. The bill provides tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies and contains much needed changes to protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

The Davis-Oliver Act also protects national security by improving our nation’s first line of defense, the visa issuance process. It provides thorough screening of foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States in order to prevent terrorists from entering the United States. The bill also ensures the rule of law and removes the ability of any President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement by granting states and localities the authority to enforce their own immigration laws consistent with federal practices.

Representative Labrador and Chairman Goodlatte issued the statements below on Committee approval of the Davis-Oliver Act.

Rep. Labrador: “I am very pleased the committee approved my bill today. The Davis-Oliver Act is a first and necessary step to modernize a broken immigration system. We need to give law enforcement at all levels the tools and resources they need to keep America safe and secure, and the Davis-Oliver Act does that. While other immigration reforms are needed, my bill is vital to a long-term fix. I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte and my committee colleagues for approving it, and I look forward to getting it passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “The Davis-Oliver Act delivers on our responsibility to ensure that immigration reform starts with enforcement. Enforcing our laws now will deter future illegal immigration. Furthermore, while most unlawful immigrants come to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their families, there are too many others who commit crimes against Americans. Many families across the United States who have lost loved ones due to lax immigration enforcement – such as the Steinle, Root, and Wilkerson families – have testified before the House Judiciary Committee. We have a duty to them and to all Americans to provide the tools necessary to strengthen public safety and the rule of law.

“While the Trump Administration has made great progress in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, a number of statutory changes are needed. The Davis-Oliver Act contains many tools to enhance the safety of our communities, such as cracking down on sanctuary jurisdictions that needlessly jeopardize Americans’ lives. It also ensures that no future administration can unilaterally stop the enforcement of our immigration laws. I thank Representative Labrador for introducing this much needed bill and urge House Leadership to bring it up for a vote soon.”