Idaho Rep. Labrador’s immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee

May 25, 2017 GMT

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing it.

The bill would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in federal immigration enforcement, impose new criminal penalties and step up detentions and deportations.

Labrador called his bill “a first and necessary step to modernize a broken immigration system.” Democrats on the committee decried it as “President Trump’s mass deportation act.”

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Labrador, who is running for governor of Idaho in 2018, has long pushed for reforms to the nation’s immigration system, but this measure is an enforcement-only bill.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chair of the committee, is co-sponsoring Labrador’s bill.