House Passes Bill to Legally Deport DREAMers and Green-Card Holders

On Thursday, while much of the nation was nursing their partisan wounds over the president cooperating with Dems on DACA, the House of Representatives passed a new bill that would define a legal means to deport young Latinix. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act passed the House 233-175 – mostly a party-line division. The legislation calls for deportation of members of the violent street gang known as MS-13.

In addition to providing a legal basis for removal, the bill also gives law enforcement license to use, “needed tools to help ensure that criminal alien gang members are deported quickly and never again allowed to enter the United States.”

Furthermore, the legislation will “deny criminal alien gang members admission to the United States and make them ineligible for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, temporary protected status, and, with limited exceptions for law enforcement purposes, parole.”

The text of the bill defines “gang activity” in the loosest of terms:

Gang is defined as an “ongoing group, club, organization, or association of 5 or more persons that has as one of its primary purposes the commission of 1 or more of the following criminal offenses and the members of which engage, or have engaged within the past 5 years, in a continuing series of such offenses, or that has been designated as a criminal gang by the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, as meeting these criteria.”

Some of those criteria are:

  • Felony drug offense
  • Aiding or harboring certain aliens
  • Crimes of violence
  • Obstruction of justice tampering with or retaliating against a witness, victim, or informant, or burglary.
  • Tampering with or retaliating against a witness, victim, or informant
  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy to commit any of the crimes mentioned above

Beyond these offenses, the bill also makes these qualifications for deportation:

  • Aliens associated with criminal gangs
  • Is or has been a member of a criminal gang
  • Participating in or having knowledge of  illegal gang activity

Based on these criteria, simply associating with identified members of a gang is grounds for deportation.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it is estimated that more than 10,000 MS-13 members are living in the United States. Whether they arrived illegally or have valid visas or green cards, he said it is time to send the message that the gang activity will not be tolerated. The Virginia lawmaker said that immigration officials now have no basis for removing people based on their membership in dangerous gangs, and since many victims and witnesses are too scared to cooperate with police, many gang members are never convicted of their crimes. (AP)

Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) stated: “MS-13 has turned my district into killing fields. In the last year-and-a-half, 17 innocent young people have been slaughtered with machetes and knives by MS-13. This is the immigrant community that is being turned into a chamber of horrors by MS-13.”

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