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Bill creates jail time for pols blocking immigration enforcement after Steinle verdict

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An Indiana congressman introduced legislation Monday that puts new criminal penalties for elected officials who obstruct federal immigration enforcement efforts.

“The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent,” said Rep. Theodore E. “Todd” Rokita (R.-Ind.).

The introduction of Rokita’s H.R. 4526, the Stopping Lawless Acts of Politicians, or SLAP Act, comes on the heels of a not-guilty verdict in the case of Jose Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who was acquitted of the murder of Kate Steinle, a resident of San Francisco, he said.

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“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” he said.

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“Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so,” the congressman said.

“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” he said.

Attorney General Jefferson B. “Jeff” Sessions III said he was upset with the verdict.

“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” Sessions said.

“San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle,” he said. “While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm.”

The Federalist reported that DOJ is weighing federal charges against Zarate.

Rokita’s bill would hand officials interfering with the enforcement of immigration laws a sentence of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million for elected officials who prevent federal immigration authorities from carrying out their duties in so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco.

“This elitist mentality that everyone is not equal under the law must come to an end,” Rokita said.

“These politicians want one set of rules for hard-working Americans, but a different set of rules for illegal immigrants, and themselves.”

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Coronavirus Stimulus Contains Whopping $350 Million Refugee Resettlement Boondoggle

This has nothing to do with the virus, or the economy.

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It appears that a $350 million dollar appropriation for purposes of “Migration and Refugee Assistance” managed to slip inside the coronavirus stimulus package.

Populist commentator Ryan Girdusky first reported on the hidden boondoggle as the legislation was being prepared for a Senate vote Wednesday night. It’s one of several unrelated pork planks in the massive $2 trillion stimulus that was able to slip in without the scrutiny of Republican senators.

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The proposal to enrich refugee resettlement contractors appears to have migrated into the legislation originally introduced by Mitch McConnell from Nancy Pelosi’s rivaling proposal. The Speaker of the House had temporarily derailed the stimulus package by introducing a plan of her own, but from the looks of it, she’s getting a crucial element of the left-wing social agenda Democrats have tried to tie to the stimulus with the refugee resettlement package.

Florida’s Matt Gaetz appears to be one of the few members of Congress to question the totally unrelated refugee giveaway in the moment of legislative urgency.

Nominal charitable and non-profit entities have gamed and rigged the American refugee resettlement process for years, enriching themselves to the tunes of tens of millions of dollars if not more on the taxpayer dime. Migration skeptics have long questioned the utility of such an arrangement, pointing out that spending hundreds millions of dollars to resettle people in the United States could be used to far greater effect in providing relief for displaced peoples closer to their homes countries.

Existing refugee resettlement programs have continued in spite of the raging coronavirus pandemic. More than 3,000 people have been resettled in the United States since January, when the disease began surfacing on the radar of the federal government.

The Washington D.C. Swamp appears to have succeeded in utilizing one of its oldest cards in this instance, attaching a totally unrelated refugee proposal to a sorely needed economic relief package. It’s likely the proposal would have shot down on other circumstances, but congressional Democrats ultimately proved tactful enough to advance their preferred and entirely unrelated special interest in a moment of great legislative urgency.

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