Big part of the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign was immigration reform and the deportation of illegal immigrants, and now it seems President Trump is one step closer to fulfilling another promise. The House of Representatives passed legislation which would allow ICE officials to deport people that are members in a criminal gang. One of the more prominent and dangerous gangs within the United States, MS-13 who come from El Salvador were a main topic of discussion around this legislation.
The legislation called the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act already got “the thumbs up” from the White House, but the bill still needs to pass the Senate before President Trump can sign it into law. MS-13 has been tied to numerous deaths in the United States, mostly teenagers, which has spurred the attention of President Trump, law enforcement, and elected representatives in Washington D.C. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also pointed out the threat MS-13 poses to Americans, and he has promised to use the full weight of the Department of Justice to rid America of MS-13.
The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act gives the Department of Homeland Security the authority to deem a group of five or more members a criminal gang. Illegal immigrants who have participated with or belonged in a gang can and will be deported under this legislation.
Representative Peter King, R-N.Y. said,
“MS-13 has turned my district into killing fields. In the last year-and-a-half, 17 innocent young people have been slaughtered with machetes and knives by MS-13. This is the immigrant community that is being turned into a chamber of horrors by MS-13.”
Liberal lawmakers like Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. are complaining about how this legislation meant to target gang members is going to somehow single out innocent people and will cause law enforcement to racially profile people.
“It would shred due process protections and would allow deportations of innocent immigrants based on the flimsiest of evidence,” he stated.
This is not true, because the burden of proof is still on the government, and suspected illegal immigrant gang members will have their day in court. This legislation simply allows DHS to deport people who are in a criminal gang, reports Political Mayhem.