An immigration reform organization deems it "unforgiveable" that "sanctuary jurisdictions" continue to protect illegal alien criminals who prey on innocent members of the community.
During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump touted the progress his administration has made in regaining control of the southern border through the exercise of executive authority. But he lambasted the Democratic-controlled Congress for its refusal to carry out its responsibility to ensure long-lasting solutions to illegal immigration, including funding a border wall and closing loopholes that have led to large-scale asylum abuse.
Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform isn't optimistic anything will get done between now and the beginning of next year.
"Congress is just too polarized at this point," he explains. "But the president did lay out an agenda that most Americans probably would share. They believe that these criminal aliens should not be protected by local governments and then put back out on the streets to prey on people again. There is no constituency in this country for criminal aliens.''
And Mehlman says the presence of Jody Jones in the House chamber, whose brother was murdered by an illegal alien, was a poignant reminder to Congress, state and local officials, and the American people of the devastating human cost of "sanctuary" policies.
"Rocky Jones, in their opinion, was just collateral damage in their political effort to basically obliterate U.S. immigration laws and the enforcement of them," Mehlman laments. "And unfortunately, that is not a unique story. That's been happening for a long time all across the country. That is simply unforgiveable."
Meanwhile, several dozen House Democrats – including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) – have introduced legislation designed to "reform the process for enforcing the immigration laws" of the U.S. The "New Way Forward Act" (H.R.5383), if passed, would no longer require automatic deportation of immigrants convicted of committing certain categories of felonies. (See related story)