House Panel Says Victims, State and Local Governments Can Join Fight Against Illegal Immigration

AP/Rogelio V. Solis
AP/Rogelio V. Solis

The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Wednesday giving state and local governments authorization to implement their own immigration policies, so long as they are consistent with federal law.

The bill also allows Americans to sue those cities if their relatives are killed or harmed by those illegals.

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador introduced the “Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act,” also known as the Davis-Oliver Act, in the House earlier in May.

“The Davis-Oliver Act is named after Placer County Detective Michael Davis, Jr., and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, who were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in California in October 2014,” Labrador wrote at Fox News. “The bill removes the ability of any president to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement by granting states and localities the authority to enforce federal immigration laws consistent with federal practices. Local law enforcement officers are trusted to enforce many federal laws, including homicide, rape, and drug laws—but not immigration laws. The Davis-Oliver Act would change that.”

The bill would also make sure illegal aliens caught driving drunk are deported, and impose harsher penalties on sanctuary city jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with authorities seeking to detain and deport illegal alien criminals. It requires the government to hire another 10,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

It also lets victims of illegal alien criminals released back into communities sue sanctuary cities.

Proposing the Davis-Oliver Act is one of the pledges written on White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s whiteboard and lays the groundwork for consistent immigration enforcement beyond President Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office.

(Steve Bannon’s whiteboard of promises made by Donald Trump: Twitter/@RabbiShmuley) 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed the Davis-Oliver Act in the Senate in June 2015, earning praise from pro-American immigration reform groups.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte indicated the failure to enforce immigration laws perpetuates a cycle of crime and gang violence.

“For too long, the Administration has viewed immigration enforcement with disdain and its own immigration officers with contempt,” said  Goodlatte on May 18.

“We are still feeling the effects of years of non-enforcement. In March, in my own district, a Lynchburg teenager was murdered by gang members believed to be in this country illegally,” Goodlatte said, referring to the gruesome murder allegedly committed by suspected MS-13 gang members. “Even more disturbing, one of the alleged killers had an outstanding warrant in connection with a previous murder in Maryland. As killers and other dangerous individuals walk free, sanctuary jurisdictions that were encouraged to obstruct immigration enforcement by the previous administration hold resolute in their conviction that immigration enforcement is wrong.”

Oliver and Davis were slaughtered in the line of duty by an illegal alien. During a murderous October 2014 rampage that spanned six hours and 30 miles, a Mexican illegal alien with two prior deportations shot and killed two Sacramento officers, Danny Oliver and Michael Davis Jr., and injured another officer and civilian. Susan Oliver, Danny’s wife, testified through tears before Congress in July 2015 about her husband’s violent death:

He put himself into harm’s way every time he put his uniform on. And on Friday, October 24, 2014, my husband and father of two approached a car on his beat, but this time, it was the last time. The last thing my husband attempted to do as a POP [Problem-Oriented Policing] officer was to ask the man inside the car how his day was going. But he never made it to the driver’s window.

At about 10:30 a.m., that man was in the country illegal and armed with numerous illegal weapons. He aimed one out of the car from the parking lot of a Motel 6 at Sacramento and opened fire, killing my husband with a shot to the forehead. I can honestly say that not a day goes by where this has not effected me… Many people ask if I have gotten past that terrible day, and the answer is no.

“The [Obama] Administration’s tolerance of sanctuary cities has also resulted in another 10,000 potentially deportable arrested aliens being released by local law agencies since January of last year,” Oliver added. “The man that killed my husband, Danny Oliver, was deported several times for various felonies… However, due to the lack of coordination between law enforcement agencies, he was allowed back into this country.”

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