A Texas congressman has proposed a law to cut off aid to countries who refuse to take back their illegal immigrant criminals.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) proposed a bill known as The Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act, which is designed to force countries to accept their citizens or risk losing foreign aid and travel visa privileges, reports Fox News.
The new law was proposed after the 2015 brutal stabbing of Casey Chadwick, 25, in her Norwich apartment by Jean Jacques, an illegal immigrant from Haiti.
Reportedly, Jacques had been illegally living in the U.S. since 1992. He had a known criminal record and spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a permit.
Jacques represents thousands of illegal immigrants with a criminal history who are allowed to roam the streets of the U.S every year. He, like may others, end up being released back into the streets because their native countries refuse to take them back.
A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in April documented that since 2013, 86,288 illegal immigrants have committed 231,074 crimes after being released from prison. Many of those illegal immigrants are ultimately deported, but some 2,166 who had served their time for various crimes were released last year when their home countries refused to take them back.
The U.S. attempted to deport Jacques to Haiti three different times in 2012, but the Haitian government refused to accept him.
A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Zadvydas v. Davis, held that illegal immigrants ticketed for deportation but unaccepted by their home countries cannot be detained indefinitely. Jacques was held for 205 days, but ultimately freed less than six months before he killed Chadwick.
Babin stated, “For the sake of Casey and thousands of other Americans who have been victimized, it is time we start putting the safety of our citizens first and stop this revolving door that is allowing dangerous criminals who should be deported back onto our streets.”
The new law would “require the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress every three months the names of uncooperative countries. The federal government would then withhold foreign aid to those countries while the State Department would suspend travel visas,” reports Fox News.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said that more than 20 countries refuse to cooperate with the U.S. and even more threaten to impede the process. “It’s not just Cuba and Cambodia anymore; now it’s China, Bangladesh, Nigeria and many others,” said Vaughan.
Babin claimed his bill has “renewed interest” since Trump “has voiced his strong support for punishing countries that refuse to accept deportations.”
H/T: Fox News
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Lawmaker To Submit Bill To Crack Down On Illegal Alien Criminals