Luetkemeyer Supports One Strike Act to Strengthen Nation’s Immigration Laws

Luetkemeyer Supports One Strike
Act to Strengthen Nation’s Immigration Laws

            WASHINGTON, D.C. _
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today announced his support for the One
Strike Act that would strengthen our immigration laws by making it easier to
deport illegal immigrants who commit additional crimes in our
country.

            “Illegal aliens by
definition have already broken our laws once they enter our country, yet
unbelievably many who are convicted of additional crimes in our country are
still not deported,” Luetkemeyer said. “This commonsense legislation will make
sure that they are deported, not subsidized in taxpayer funded jails.”

            The One Strike Act is
sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. This Act would amend immigration law
so that any illegal immigrant convicted of a crime that carries a sentence would
go straight to the front of the line and immediately be designated for
deportation. Today, a crime committed by an illegal is not considered a
“removable offense” unless it meets certain criteria, one of which is that the
offense is defined as an “aggravated felony”. The Act amends the definition of
“aggravated felony” to include: “any offense for which a sentence can be
imposed”.

            Luetkemeyer pointed to a recent incident in his
district that highlights the potential consequences of illegal immigration.
According to media reports, an illegal immigrant who lived and worked Hannibal
for three years was arrested on February 28 after telling police he killed two
people. The illegal immigrant had several previous run-ins with law enforcement,
but his immigration status was never questioned.

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