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.
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” he said.
“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.”
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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President Trump Debunks Fake News Claims of Border Wall Collapse
Smug liberals claimed the accident was proof that a border wall was doomed.
President Trump used his official Twitter account to debunk claims that wall construction on the southern border was collapsing on Sunday.
Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall “fell over”, trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed “forever”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2020
Mainstream media entities cherry-picked reports of a collapse occurring at new border walling near San Diego at the US-Mexico borders. Many of the reports failed to mention that the wall structures that collapsed weren’t even finished, having just been undergone the concrete pour phase of construction.
Huffington Post described the incident as “Trump’s Border Wall Collapses,” failing the mention that the incident was far more of a construction-phase mishap than a collapse of a completed structure.
Unusually strong winds occurred in the area of the new walling, leading to its collapse. A wall structure with dried and hardened concrete foundations would not fall down when faced with 40 mile-an-hour winds, obviously. But it’s not a surprising oddity that a new and foundationally insecure structure might fall over during such freak weather conditions.
Wall construction has picked up in recent months, with President Trump diverting funds from Pentagon projects to pay for new construction. He’s set to secure a latest round of funding through diverting $3.8 billion dollars from various stalled initiatives, applying to resources directly to American national security on the border. Such an investment would secure the greatest portion of new border wall yet.
The promise of a new and ‘big, beautiful’ wall of the southern border was Donald Trump’s signature campaign proposal during the 2016 Presidential election. He’s on track to complete more than 450 miles of new wall construction by the end of the year, providing a point of defense against drug trafficking, human smuggling, and illegal immigration.
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