Arizona Republican Andy Biggs will introduce legislation to the new GOP-led Congress that would prevent federal officials from allowing illegal immigrants charged or convicted of deportable crimes to walk the streets.
The legislative bill is named “Grant’s law” after the death of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, from Mesa, Arizona in 2015. He was fatally shot while working at a QuikTrip over a pack of cigarettes by an illegal immigrant, Apolinar Altamirano.
Police arrested Altamirano, a convicted felon who was in the country illegally and had been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, despite having even been convicted of felony burglary at the time of Ronnebeck’s murder.
AZ Central reported that Ronnebeck’s death had attracted national media attention, including from Trump, who talked about Ronnebeck’s death during his campaign as yet another indication of a deeply flawed immigration system.
While speaking to a massive crowd in Phoenix on immigration issues, Trump reportedly said Ronnebeck was one of the “victims of the Obama-Clinton open-border policy. …He was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member previously convicted of burglary, who had also been released from federal custody, and they knew it was going to happen again.”
Republican Andy Biggs announced a new bill on Thursday that is remarkably similar to the bill that his predecessor, Matt Salmon, failed to pass in Congress because it was not supported by Democrats. Now it’s up to Biggs to try to pass the bill again with a new Congress.
According to Congress.gov, Salmon’s former bill “amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require mandatory detention of any alien who is unlawfully present in the United States and arrested for inadmissible or deportable crimes.”
It also reads that the bill “transfers release authority from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS may release the alien to an appropriate authority for proceedings related to the arrest, but DHS must resume custody for any period that the alien is not in custody of the appropriate authority. If the alien is not convicted of crimes for which the alien was arrested, then DHS must continue to detain the alien until removal proceedings are completed.”
Once Trump takes office next week, the Republicans will take control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, this new bill could have a good chance of passing.
Biggs claims that if the new bill passes, it would stop the “catch and release” of illegal immigrants arrested for deportable crimes.
He said, “Without the Obama administration’s abject failure to protect innocent American lives, Grant’s murder would not have occurred. I am introducing this law in Grant’s memory to prevent this senseless violence from occurring again.”
H/T: AZ Central
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