Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system. In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing law.
America is our home, and the American people expect Congress and the Administration to do all that we can to keep our communities safe and secure. For too long, we have allowed individuals to enter our country illegally and in too many cases do us harm.
When he was in office, President Obama refused to enforce our immigration laws. And by failing in his Constitutional duty to uphold the law, he diminished the strength of the United States.
Fortunately, President Trump is taking a different approach. In fact, President Trump owes his position to the promise he made to the American people to get serious about enforcing our laws. I want to do everything I can help the President keep that promise.
This month, I introduced new legislation, the Davis-Oliver Act, which will ensure that America’s laws will be enforced, no matter who is in the White House.
The bill is named after two California officers, Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver. Davis and Oliver were murdered by an illegal immigrant in October 2014.
The Davis-Oliver Act is intended to ensure that other families do not suffer as victims of crimes committed by individuals who should not be allowed in our country in the first place.
Specifically, the bill improves the enforcement of immigration laws to enhance public safety, adds tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies, and contains needed changes to protect American communities from illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.
The Davis-Oliver Act removes the ability of any President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement by allowing states and localities to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws. Furthermore, it protects national security by improving our nation’s first line of defense - the visa issuance process - and provides thorough screening of foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Davis-Oliver Act and I’m hopeful it will get a vote on the House floor soon. It’s a first and necessary step in the process of fixing our broken immigration system. While more needs to be done, this bill is vital to a long-term fix, and I look forward to working with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte on additional steps.
To learn more about the Davis-Oliver Act, the following resources are available:
To read a one-page summary of my bill, please click here.
To read an op-ed I co-wrote with Chairman Goodlatte and published on FoxNews.com, please click here.
To watch me speak in favor of my bill at a Judiciary Committee markup, please visit my YouTube page here.