(The Center Square) – A new bill introduced in the US Senate would make assaulting police officers and others a deportable crime.
US Senator Ted Budd, R-NC, introduced the Protect Our Law Enforcement with Immigration Control and Enforcement (POLICE) Act on Thursday. The bill seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to add a provision stating: “Any alien who has been convicted and who admits to having committed, or admits to having committed, an offense implicated in the material constitutes a criminal offense involving an assault on a police officer.” is deportable.”
The law would apply to those who attack police officers, firefighters and first responders.
Current law doesn’t cover all attacks on law enforcement, which means some foreigners “may remain in the country even after committing this reprehensible crime,” Budd said.
The accompanying bill, HR 2494, filed by Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-NY, and several co-sponsors, passed The House of Representatives approved Wednesday by a vote of 255 to 175.
“Supporting our police force involves removing dangerous individuals who cause them harm,” Budd said in a statement. “If an illegal immigrant commits the crime of assaulting an officer, he should expect immediate deportation. Our legislators must always support the men and women who protect and serve our communities.”
The bill was introduced after a record number of people, over 7.7 million, were arrested or evaded arrest after entering the United States illegally since January 2021, and after more than 300 known suspected terrorists entered the United States illegally on the North and North Sea coasts Southern Borders were arrested this fiscal year alone.
The House of Representatives passed the law nine months after a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed by two Mexican brothers who were in the US illegally and had been deported.
On August 11, two of the three Mexican brothers, Alder Alfonso Marin Sotelo, 25, and Arturo Marin Sotelo, 29, allegedly killed Sheriff Deputy Ned Byrd in Raleigh in Raleigh. Both of them dodged They were held captive for several days before being caught and taken into custody on August 16.
Her youngest brother, Rolando Marin Sotelo, 18, has been charged with possession of ammunition.
The brothers are from Guerrero, in the southernmost part of Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. accordingly What’s up. Immigration and Customs Control told Fox News Digital reported last year that the two older brothers both entered the US illegally via the southern border “on an unknown date, at an unknown location,” that is, between a port of entry and an escape route.
The two older Mexican brothers escaped on April 30 after being arrested, charged and jailed in a regional jail in Farmville, Virginia. accordingly the FBI. According to the FBI, Alder was arrested by Mexican authorities on May 4 in Guerrero. His brother Marin is still at large. The FBI asks for help locating him; an investigation is underway.
According to ICE, Arturo was arrested and deported in 2010 after illegally entering the United States. The second time he entered illegally, he was not caught and made his way to North Carolina. In 2019, Rolando was previously arrested in Arizona and also deported, only to later be re-entered illegally on a “parole exemption.”
Some critics argue that deportation does not bring justice to victims and that they would rather ensure that perpetrators are imprisoned or face the death penalty, depending on the state in which the crime is committed. They also argue that “sanctuary” status should be banned in US cities and counties – like that of Wake County, where the congressman was killed.
According to a recent report, Wake County is one of the most dangerous “protected area” communities in the United States reportbecause its law enforcement officers have limited cooperation with ICE.
In 2019, Senator Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, introduced a bill that would allow “sanctuary communities” of victims of illegal alien crimes to be sued if local authorities fail to cooperate with ICE. Presenting the bill, Tillis cited sheriff’s offices in Durham, Mecklenburg and Wake counties that he says are not cooperating with ICE.
By Bethany Blankley | The contributor at Center Square