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Labrador, Goodlatte introduce immigration bill
May 17, 2017
Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) on Tuesday introduced a robust immigration enforcement bill to enhance public safety, protect national security and ensure the rule of law.

This bill will be consideredby the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 18.

The Davis-Oliver Act (H.R.2431), is named in honor of two California officers, Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver. Davis and Oliver were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in October 2014.

The bill improves the enforcement of immigration laws to enhance public safety, adds tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies and contains needed changes to protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

The Davis-Oliver Act 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.

“One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law," Labrador said. "We need to give law enforcement at all levels the tools and resources they need to keep America safe and secure. The previous administration was ideologically driven to shut down immigration enforcement. Our new President, however, owes his position to the promise he made to the American people to get serious about enforcing our laws. This bill helps him do that."

A summary of the Davis-Oliver Act can be found here.
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