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    We shouldn’t have to wait for a tragedy like the death of Kate Steinle, who was killed by a criminal illegal immigrant, to get serious about the absurdity of “sanctuary cities,” which are cities that refuse to obey federal immigration laws. All cities in the United States should be required to comply with current federal immigration laws. Period. That’s why I voted for the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House. This bill will cut off certain federal funding grants for cities who do not comply with federal immigration ...

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    #TBT

    It’s #ThrowbackThursday -- how about a throwback to the time I questioned the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during a Judiciary hearing and he was unable to confirm the number of criminal illegal immigrants with gang affiliations who are deported, the number of criminal illegal immigrants with gang affiliations who are released, or even explain the process for determining if any of these illegal immigrants are members of criminal gangs? Or, what about the time I questioned the Director of ICE, Sarah Saldana, and she could no...

    Did you know that the U.S. is one of a relatively few number of countries around the world that does not have an official language? Many people are surprised when they learn that – even though over half of the 50 states have adopted English as their official language -- it has not been adopted as the official language of the United States as a whole. Even our fact-checking friends over at Politifact were surprised to learn this, although they had to rate the statement “true” after doing some research. Our nation is undeniably unique because of ...

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    You and I both know securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws needs to not just be a priority – but a reality. Here are two bills I’ve been working on to that end: H.R. 3009. This bipartisan bill cuts off certain federal grant funding for “sanctuary cities” – cities that do not comply with current federal immigration law. This bill passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Take a look at the bill, here. H.R. 1148. This bill is critical – it removes the ability of the President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforceme...

    Good news on the passage of The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009) – a bipartisan bill, which cuts off certain federal grant funding for sanctuary cities that do not comply with current federal immigration laws. The bill passed the House last night, with my support, and is now headed over to the Senate for consideration, but the fight is far from over. This bill is just the first step in ensuring local law enforcement is enforcing immigration law. It is crucial that Congress continues to act aggressively to hold the Administra...

    Many people are surprised when they learn that – even though over half of the 50 states have adopted English as their official language, it has not been adopted as the official language of the United States as a whole. In fact, the U.S. is one of a relatively few number of countries around the world that does not have an official language. Our nation is undeniably unique because of the diversity of its people. At the same time, there are things that unify our country, like the American flag and our national anthem. For years, there has been a d...

    A secure border should not just be a priority, it should be a reality. That’s why the House Judiciary Committee passed the Michael Davis, Jr. In Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), which is an updated version of the SAFE Act. This bill, which I co-sponsored, removes the President’s ability to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement, and strengthens the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by allowing state and local governments to enforce federal immigration law. I am also supporting H.Res.11, to authorize t...

    Currently, there are laws forbidding individuals from receiving Social Security payments if they are here illegally. However, their entire work history – even work done as an illegal immigrant – can still count towards Social Security benefits if the individual later becomes a legal U.S. resident. In my opinion, that makes no sense. That’s why I’m championing the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act (H.R. 1716) to stop unauthorized work from counting towards Social Security credits. I will keep you updated on its progress as it moves t...

    Real quick note – just wanted to be sure you saw that H.Res.11 was recently introduced to provide the House of Representatives with the authority to initiate litigation regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer of the executive branch, to act in accordance with their constitutional and legal duties regarding immigration laws. This will authorize the House of Representatives to legally determine in federal court whether President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions violate the Constitut...

    Did you know that the U.S. is one of the very few nations in the world without an official language? I recently cosponsored The English Language Unity Act (H.R. 997), to declare English as the official language of the United States, and require the U.S. government to conduct all official business in English materials. It’s a commonsense step, and also serves to promote the idea of unifying our country around a common language. One note – this bill is not to say that immigrants to our country should abandon their native roots. It is important fo...

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