Rep. Ted Budd, Introduces Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act Alongside Sens. Tillis & Grassley, and Reps. Bishop & Hudson

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Washington, October 30, 2019 | comments

Washington D.C. -- Today, U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act along with Senator Tillis (R-NC), Senator Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC).

The bill provides reimbursement of detention costs to jurisdictions that comply with ICE detainers, indemnifies sheriffs against wrongful detention claims made by third parties, and clarifies the authority of the arresting agency to detain criminal illegals for a 48-hour period upon the issuance of a detainer.

The Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Rep. Budd said in a statement

“It is clear that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives. That’s why in July, my colleagues and I introduced the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act which allows families and victims of sanctuary city policies to sue the city for failing to comply with detainer requests from ICE. Now, my colleagues and I are introducing legislation that goes further and incentivizes local law enforcement to comply with federal detainer requests. The Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act does just that. This bill, along with the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, lays out a clear incentive-based approach that takes all the excuses away from sanctuary cities and would make it an easy decision to cooperate with federal law enforcement. This is a common sense proposal that will protect our communities and help save American lives.”

“North Carolinians are rightfully disturbed that a handful of local sheriffs are putting politics ahead of public safety by implementing reckless sanctuary policies that release dangerous criminals back into our communities and make it harder for federal law enforcement to do their jobs,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “I am proud to introduce this legislation to eliminate the excuse sheriffs are using to justify why they ignore detainer requests made by DHS. By clarifying their authority and incentivizing cooperation, we can better enforce our nation’s immigration laws and keep North Carolinians safe from dangerous criminals.”

“Sanctuary cities and jurisdictions jeopardize the safety of our communities when they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities and lawful immigration detainer requests. We’ve already seen the heartbreak and tragedy that can come from failing to take immigration detainers seriously, so I’ve long advocated for legislation that puts a stop to such reckless policies. Sen. Tillis’ bill takes important steps to help local, state and federal law enforcement better protect our communities,” Senator Chuck Grassley said.

“Releasing dangerous criminals does not build “trust” with the immigrant community – it puts their lives in danger. While a few North Carolina sheriffs believe their actions to be compassionate, I doubt the victims of violent crime such as beatings, rape and murder feel the same way,” said Representative Dan Bishop. “This bill removes the fig leaf of legal excuses that rogue sheriffs have used to rationalize their brutal and inhumane policies and I am proud to work with my colleagues on this critical piece of legislation.”

“We are a nation of laws, and this legislation helps ensure those laws are enforced,” said Representative Richard Hudson. “It is a good step to crack down on sanctuary cities and protect our community from illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds. I will continue to work with my colleagues and President Trump to secure our border.”

“We must send a clear message that those who enter our country illegally and commit crimes will face consequences for their actions,” said Senator John Cornyn. “This legislation will help ensure that federal, state, and local law enforcement can cooperate with one another to take these dangerous criminals off the streets and save the lives of Texans.”

“The failure of sanctuary jurisdictions to detain illegal aliens presents a clear and present danger to our society, as Iowans have seen firsthand with the tragic death of Sarah Root,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “This bill will halt sanctuary policies that put the public at risk while incentivizing cooperation between local, state, and federal authorities to ensure the safety and security of our communities.”

“Sanctuary cities continue to put politics ahead of the safety and security of the American people,” said Senator David Perdue. “By refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, sanctuary cities are recklessly endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens. This bill cracks down on cities that disregard our law and makes it clear that criminal illegal immigrants will never find a safe haven in America.”

“Sanctuary jurisdictions provide havens for illegal aliens and put the safety of our citizens at risk. Legislation to protect the public is especially important in light of reports that Nashville is terminating its contract to house ICE detainees. We need to incentivize local law enforcement to work with – not against – our federal agencies to secure our border,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn.

“Public safety should always take priority over politics,” said Senator Tom Cotton. “This bill will help keep dangerous criminals off our streets by encouraging better cooperation between local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.”

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