Congressman Re-Introduces Bill To Punish Countries Which Refuse To Accept Deportations
(Daily Caller) Republican Texas Rep. Brian Babin introduced a law into Congress last week which would cut off visas and foreign aid to countries which refuse to accept the deportations of criminal aliens.
The Texas congressman introduced the same bill in May 2015 and it never left committee, but he believes it has a strong likelihood of becoming law as President-elect Donald Trump showed support for punishing nations which refuse deportations during his campaign. Trump’s ten-point immigration plan stated, “Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.”
Rep. Babin has previously described the bill as a “no-brainer” to The Daily Caller, and told TheDC Thursday, “I can’t see any justification for opposing it.” When Babin last introduced “Criminal Alien Deportation Act,” there were 52 cosponsors, including one Democrat, and he expects to get bipartisan support again.
The case frequently used to justify the need for a bill of this sort is that of Jean Jacques. Jacques is a Haitian illegal immigrant who was convicted for attempted murder, released in 2015 and then arrested six weeks later for the killing of Connecticut woman Casey Chadwick. Haiti had refused his deportation prior to the murder of Chadwick. Haiti received over $350 million in aid from the U.S. in 2014.
Outside of the consequences for nations which refuse to accept deportations of criminal aliens, the act would also require the Department of Homeland Security to release information every three months on the countries that are refusing to accept deportations. The act would also give the victims of crime committed by criminal aliens released from prison the ability to sue the federal government.
When asked if he thinks countries might still refuse deportations if his act becomes law, Rep. Babin said, “Let them refuse. Then they don’t get any visas, they can’t send anybody in our country, their ambassadors, their consuls they stay home.”
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