From: The Honorable Blaine Luetkemeyer
Bill: H.R. 5853
On March 8, 2016, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was captured by police after allegedly killing five people, four in Kansas City and one near New Florence, MO. It was later found out that Serrano-Vitorino is an illegal immigrant who was previously deported from
the U.S. for a felony conviction, re-entered the country, and went on to allegedly commit these heinous acts. What is even more shocking is that Serrano-Vitorino was in police custody multiple times leading up to allegedly committing these terrible crimes.
Unfortunately, this is not a unique situation. In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens, and followed up with immigration charges for only 195,000 of them. In addition, between FY 2010
and FY 2015, 124 aliens were charged with homicide after they were released by ICE.
To address the significant gaps that exist between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials, I have introduced H.R. 5853
The Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act to give our local law enforcement officers the authority to protect our communities from dangerous illegal aliens. Specifically, this legislation would force DHS to train local law enforcement officers to carry
out federal immigration actions such as arresting or detaining illegal aliens. In addition, this legislation would give local law enforcement access to information on the most dangerous illegal aliens and give local law enforcement the ability to positively
identify and detain these individuals.
The policies and actions of this Administration have allowed dangerous individuals to enter our country and have created a system where these individuals can avoid deportation. This legislation would allow local law enforcement to protect the citizens in
their communities and to ensure that the most dangerous illegal aliens are not allowed to remain in the United States.
Please join me in protecting our communities from dangerous illegal aliens by cosponsoring the
Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act. For additional information or to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Lucas West at
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