900 - 9:00 Section Legislation Matthew A Goodwin(1 Summary...

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9:00 Section Legislation Matthew A. Goodwin (1) Summary of existing law: H.R. Bill 4437, under Title II - sec. 223, permits the continuation and expansion of the Institutional Removal Program which designates the removal of criminal aliens in federal and state correctional facilities after the completion of their sentences; sec. 223 also extends the program to all states receiving federal funds for the incarceration of criminal aliens. It gives law enforcement officers of a state, or political subdivision of a state, the authority to either hold an illegal alien for a period of up to 14 days after the completion of their sentence, to allow for effective transfer of the alien to federal custody, or further detain the criminal alien at the state prison until personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can take the alien into custody. (2) Review of existing law: Sec. 223 currently designates removal of criminal aliens upon completion of their sentence. I propose that once criminal illegal aliens currently serving time are identified, arrangements be made to promptly deport them from the U.S.; any illegal alien arrested for criminal activity that warrants serving time in federal or state prison, shall also be deported; ICE shall be required to receive any illegal aliens before completion of their sentence. (3) Summary of major policy issues to be addressed in revision of existing law : The issue of “removal upon completion” is not sufficient in deterring illegal immigration nor is it sufficient in deterring criminal activity of illegal aliens. We need more restrictive immigration policy. If we continue incarcerating illegals eligible for deportation, we are sending a message to other illegals, that if they commit a crime while here, we will treat them to free food and shelter. Therefore, those seeking such things may be prompted to come to the US and commit crimes punishable by doing time in federal or state funded facilities. (4) Draft of proposed revision of existing law : Sec. 223. Institutional Removal Program. (a) Discontinuation and Replacement. (1) Discontinuation. The Department of Homeland Security shall discontinue the operation and implementation of the program known as the Institutional Removal Program. (2) Replacement. (A) Any illegal alien, currently serving time in a federal or state funded prison and eligible for deportation from the U.S. shall be deported. (B) Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall receive criminal aliens from state criminal justice systems before they have completed their sentence. (C) Any exceptions to be granted shall be permitted solely by the Secretary of Homeland Security. (5) Brief commentary: According to data from DHS and the DOJ, U.S. taxpayers are spending at least $18.6 million/day to house an estimated 300,000 - 450,000 illegal immigrants eligible for deportation. 1
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