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Dem’s Weak Stance On Immigration Is Putting Their Constituents In Danger

- June 15, 2018

Despite The Dangers They Pose To Their Constituents, Democrats Have Repeatedly Voted To Protect Criminal Illegal Immigrants


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Democrats, such as Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) have continued to vote in favor of weak immigration policies, putting illegal immigrants over the safety of their own constituents.
    • In Nevada, Las Vegas Metro Police arrested five MS-13 gang members in connection with 10 murders that have occurred over the course of a year.
    • Forty-nine foreign nationals with criminal histories that included drug trafficking and making terrorist threats were arrested in Pennsylvania.
      • Fourteen of those arrested had been previously released from Philadelphia County custody, despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them.
    • In Minnesota, ICE arrested an illegal immigrant who was an admitted gang member and had prior convictions for drug possession.
    • In just one operation in Michigan, ICE arrested 16 illegal immigrants who had criminal histories that included domestic violence, DUI, aggravated assault, assault and battery and carrying a concealed weapon.
    • In Ohio, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbus unveiled a 62-page indictment against 23 members of MS-13 that included five homicides.
      • Of the 23 members, only two entered the U.S. legally.
    • In Florida, six illegal immigrants who were members of MS-13 shot two men to death.
    • In Missouri, ICE removed an illegal immigrant wanted by law enforcement in Guatemala for killing a store owner.
    • International crime cartels have been selling drugs throughout Montana and the FBI has confirmed that the Mexican border is the most "prevalent route" that these drugs enter the U.S.
    • In Indiana, an illegal immigrant who had been deported three times fatally stabbed a man in Indiana and killed a 16-year-old in Texas.

RED STATE DEMOCRATS HAVE PUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FIRST-EVEN TO THE DETRIMENT OF THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS' SAFETY

Rep. Jacky Rosen Has Voted To Hinder The Enforcement Of Immigration Laws

In June 2017, Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act. (H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D: 188-3, 6/29/17)

  • The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act Would Restrict The Ability Of States And Localities To Receive Federal Grants If They Refused To Comply Or Interfered In The Enforcement Of Federal Immigration Laws. "A state or political subdivision not in compliance with such immigration enforcement provisions shall be ineligible to receive grants or assistance for: (1) incarceration of undocumented aliens; (2) the Cops on the Beat program; (3) the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice program; or (4) any Department of Justice (DOJ) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant substantially related to law enforcement, terrorism, national security, immigration, or naturalization." ("H.R. 3003 - No Sanctuary For Criminals Act," Congress.gov , Accessed On 2/6/18)
  • Sanctuary Jurisdictions Are Jurisdictions That Have Policies In Place Designed To Limit Cooperation With Federal Immigration Enforcement. "The term 'sanctuary city' is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place designed to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions. Cities, counties and some states have a range of informal policies as well as actual laws that qualify as 'sanctuary' positions." (Tal Kopan, "What Are Sanctuary Cities, And Can They Be Defunded?" CNN , 3/26/18)

In June 2017, Rosen Voted Against Kate's Law. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D: 24-166, 6/29/17)

  • Kate's Law Would Increase Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. "The bill provides that an alien who has been excluded, deported, removed, or denied admission, or who has departed the United States while under an outstanding order of exclusion, deportation, or removal, and who subsequently crosses or attempts to cross the border into the United States, shall be fined, imprisoned not more than two years, or both." ("H.R. 3004 - Kate's Law," Congress.gov , Accessed On 6/11/18)

Rosen Touted Her Support For Immigrants Seeking Protection From Deportation, Claiming That We Are "A Beacon Of Hope" For Them. "Nevada Democrats, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Rep. Jacky Rosen and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, invited guests that included Las Vegas immigrants seeking permanent protection from deportation, including Salvadoran immigrants and recipients of temporary protection status. 'We are a nation of immigrants,' Rosen said. 'It is the reason people look to us. We are a beacon of hope.'" (Gary Martin, "Trump Talks Economy, Immigration In First State Of The Union," Las Vegas Review Journal , 1/30/18)

The Constituents Rosen Aspires To Represent In The Senate Have Been Victimized By Crimes Committed By Gangs Of Illegal Immigrants

In March 2018, Las Vegas Metro Police Arrested Five MS-13 Gang Members In Connection With 10 Murders That Have Occurred Over The Course Of A Year. "Las Vegas Metro police said they have arrested five suspects in connection with 10 murders that occurred over the course of a year." (Adam Herbets and Brenda Yahm, "Five MS-13 Gang Members Arrested For 10 Murders In Southern Nevada," KVVU , 3/26/18)

  • Four Of The Suspects Are Currently Being Held On "Federal Immigration Charges." "The four adult suspects are currently being held on federal immigration charges, Plummer said." (Adam Herbets and Brenda Yahm, "Five MS-13 Gang Members Arrested For 10 Murders In Southern Nevada," KVVU , 3/26/18)
  • Police Called The Suspects "Extremely Violent." "Police said the suspects involved in the crime are extremely violent." (Adam Herbets and Brenda Yahm, "Five MS-13 Gang Members Arrested For 10 Murders In Southern Nevada," KVVU , 3/26/18)
  • Two Of These Murders Occurred In 2017 And Eight Occurred In 2018. "Two of the murders occurred in 2017 and eight occurred in 2018." (Adam Herbets and Brenda Yahm, "Five MS-13 Gang Members Arrested For 10 Murders In Southern Nevada," KVVU , 3/26/18)
  • According To Las Vegas Police, MS-13 Gang Members Have Been Responsible For Committing Ten Murders Over The Past Year In Southern Nevada And Las Vegas. "Las Vegas police said Monday the MS-13 gang has been responsible for 10 murders in the past year in Southern Nevada." (Katherine Jarvis and Joe Bartels, "Las Vegas Police: 10 Murders Committed By MS-13 Gang In Last Year," KTNV , 03/26/18)

In March 2017, 61 Foreign Nationals Were Arrested During A Five-Day Operation Conducted By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) In Nevada. "A previously deported Mexican national with a prior conviction for armed robbery is among the 61 foreign nationals arrested during a five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week in Nevada targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives." ("More Than 60 Arrested In Nevada ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/14/17)

  • The Operation Targeted Criminals Who Posed A Public Safety Threat And Individuals Who Have Violated Immigration Laws. "The operation, conducted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges." ("More Than 60 Arrested In Nevada ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/14/17)

Of Those Arrested, 55 Had Criminal Histories, Including Prior Convictions For Sex Crimes, Drug Offenses, And Domestic Violence. "Of those arrested during the enforcement action, which concluded Friday, 55 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence." ("More Than 60 Arrested In Nevada ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/14/17)

Sen. Bob Casey Has Repeatedly Voted To Hamstring Federal Immigration Enforcement

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2 10/20/15)

  • The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." " A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

Casey Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

  • The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." " A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

Casey Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

Senator Casey Stated That Requiring Local Law Enforcement To Cooperate With ICE Was Akin To Taking Police "Away From The Task Of Fighting Violent Crime To Concentrate On Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws." "Pennsylvanians expect Democrats and Republicans to work together to adequately fund local law enforcement's efforts to track down violent criminals and suspected terrorists. Republicans in Congress have for years refused to support this funding and now want to take already overworked and underfunded police departments away from the task of fighting violent crime to concentrate on enforcing federal immigration laws." (Press Release, "Casey Statement On Today's Immigration Votes," Sen. Bob Casey , 7/6/16)

Sen. Casey's Constituents Have Had To Grapple With The Release Of Illegal Immigrants Who Have Committed Crimes Such As Drug Trafficking And Terroristic Threats

In May 2018, 49 Foreign Nationals Were Arrested In The Philadelphia Metropolitan Region During An Enforcement Operation. "A total of 49 foreign nationals were arrested over the last seven days in the Philadelphia Metropolitan region during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, re-entrants, and other immigration violators, which ended Sunday." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant Who Was Charged With Simple Assault And Terroristic Threats. "May 14: ICE arrested a 52-year-old, unlawfully present Mexican man, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was arrested by Philadelphia Police Department and charged with simple assault and terroristic threats. He will remain in ICE custody without bond pending immigration proceedings. He was released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer in place." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)
  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant Who Had A Conviction For Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Distribute Heroin. "May 15: ICE arrested a 40-year-old, previously deported Dominican man, in Philadelphia. He has a conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, heroin, for which he was sentenced to 41 months confinement. He will be served with a notice to reinstate prior removal order and his case has been presented to the United States Attorney's Office for possible prosecution. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)

Seventeen Of Those Arrested Had Criminal Convictions. "17 of those arrested had criminal convictions." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)

Six Of Those Arrested Had Been Previously Removed From The U.S. And Subsequently Illegally Re-Entered. "6 had been previously removed from the United States and subsequently illegally re-entered." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)

Fourteen Of Those Arrested Were Previously Released From Philadelphia County Custody, Despite Having An ICE Detainer Lodged Against Them. "14 of those arrested were previously released from Philadelphia County custody, despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 49 Arrests Across Philadelphia," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/22/18)

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Is A Sanctuary City. (Bryan Griffith And Jessica Vaughan, "Maps: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, And States," Center For Immigration Studies , 5/30/18)

In December 2017, A Liberian Man Was Taken Into Custody After He Was Released From Custody Despite ICE Having An Active Detainer In Place. "A 42-year old Liberian man was taken into custody on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Philadelphia. In October, he was released from the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) with an active ICE detainer in place." ("ICE Arrests Liberian Man After Detainer Not Honored," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/1/17)

  • While The Man Entered The U.S. Legally, His Criminal Convictions Since That Time Rendered Him Removable From The Country. "Holston Doe, a citizen of Liberia, entered the United States legally, on Feb. 25, 2004. Since that time, he has been convicted of several criminal convictions which render him removable from the country." ("ICE Arrests Liberian Man After Detainer Not Honored," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/1/17)

Despite Being Required To Register As A Sex Offender, The Liberian Immigrant Was Released From Local Custody Without Notification To ICE Despite An Active ICE Retainer Being In Place. "On Oct. 16, 2017, Doe was convicted of additional local charges in Philadelphia and sentenced to two years' probation and required to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania. He was released from local custody, sometime after Oct. 16, 2017, without notification to ICE despite the fact that an active ICE detainer was in place with CFCF. Philadelphia is listed as a jurisdiction that has publicly limited cooperation with ICE and frequently ignores legally authorized detainers." ("ICE Arrests Liberian Man After Detainer Not Honored," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/1/17)

Sens. Amy Klobuchar And Tina Smith Voted To Keep Federal Law Enforcement In The Dark About The Whereabouts Of Illegal Immigrants

In October 2015, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2 10/20/15)

In July 2016, Klobuchar Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In July 2016, Klobuchar Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, Klobuchar Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S.Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Motion Rejected 39-60: R 36-14; D 3-44; I 0-2, 2/15/18)

  • The Secure And Succeed Act Would Have Created A Path To Citizenship For Dreamers In Exchange For Border Wall Funds, An End To The Diversity Lottery Program, And Cuts To Chain Migration. "I interviewed all seven Senate sponsors of the Secure and Succeed Act - a proposal echoing Trump's calls for a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, known as DREAMers, in exchange for border wall funds, an end to the diversity visa lottery program, and substantial cuts to family immigration - to stop 'chain migration' - which critics say would gut the legal immigration system by up to 40 percent." (Tara Golshan, "7 Senators Are Sponsoring Trump's Immigration Bill. Only One Defended What It Actually Does." Vox , 2/14/18)

In February 2018, A Vote To Ensure That Local And State Law Enforcement Work With Federal Officials To "Protect Our Communities From Violent Criminals And Suspected Terrorists Who Are Illegally Present In The United States" Took Place. "To ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S. Amdt 1948 To S. Amdt 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #34 , Cloture Motion Rejected 54 - 45, R: 51 - 0, D: 3 - 43, I: 0 - 2, 2/15/18)

  • Senators Tina Smith And Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Voted "Nay" On This Amendment. (S. Amdt 1948 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #34 , Cloture Motion Rejected 54 - 45, R: 51 - 0, D: 3 - 43, I: 0 - 2, 2/15/18)

Sens. Smith And Klobuchar's Constituents Have Lived Amongst Violent Illegal Immigrant Gang Members

In May 2018, ICE Officers Arrested 78 Criminal Illegal Immigrants And Immigration Violators In Five Midwest States. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 78 criminal aliens and immigration violators in five Midwest states during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Friday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

  • Fifteen Of The 78 Were Located In Minnesota. "During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following states: Iowa (25), Nebraska (25), Minnesota (15), South Dakota (10) and North Dakota (3). Of the 78 arrested, 62 had criminal convictions." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

Most Of The Immigrants Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Assault, Rape, Sex Assault On A Child, And Prostitution. "Most of the aliens arrested by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: assault, arson, rape, sex assault on a child, solicitation of a child, domestic assault against a child, prostitution-hiring a child age 13-16, felony theft, felony forgery, prostitution, manufacturing false documents, identity theft, hit and run, distributing a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated (DUI), drug possession, indecent exposure, domestic assault, illegal sale of a weapon, criminal impersonation, possessing drugs with intent to sell, burglary, malicious prosecution, illegal re-entry after deportation and witness intimidation." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant In St. Paul, Minnesota Who Was An Admitted Gang Member And Had Prior Convictions For Drug Possession, And Had Been Previously Deported Four Times. "May 7: ICE arrested a 20-year-old Mexican man in St. Paul, Minnesota, who is an admitted gang member. He has prior convictions for drug possession, and has been previously deported four times." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

Nine Of Those Arrested Were Immigration Fugitives And 31 Had Illegally Re-Entered The U.S. After Having Been Previously Deported. "Nine of those arrested were immigration fugitives. Thirty-one others illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

  • Hennepin County, Minnesota Is A Sanctuary County. (Bryan Griffith and Jessica Vaughan, "Maps: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, And States," Center For Immigration Studies , 5/30/18)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Voted To Allow Sanctuary Cities To Ignore Federal Immigration Law

In 2015, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

In 2016, Baldwin Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, Baldwin Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, Baldwin Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S.Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Motion Rejected 39-60: R 36-14; D 3-44; I 0-2, 2/15/18)

Wisconsin Has Criminal Illegal Immigrants With Histories That Include Murder To Evading ICE

In January 2017, 16 Convicted Illegal Immigrants From Mexico Were Arrested In Wisconsin During An Operation. "Sixteen convicted criminal aliens from Mexico were arrested in the greater Milwaukee area during a two-day operation conducted this week by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)." (Press Release, "ICE Milwaukee Arrests 16 During Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement ," 1/27/17)

All 16 Arrested During The Operation Had Been Convicted Of Crimes In The U.S., Such As Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Battery, Grand Theft Auto, Drug Possession With Intent To Distribute, And Drunk Driving. "All 16 arrested during this operation had been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall within ICE's enforcement priorities. Their convictions include the following crimes: force/assault with a deadly weapon not firearm - gross bodily injury likely, receiving stolen property, battery, grand theft (auto), drug possession with intent to distribute, and drunk driving. Two were previously deported and two have outstanding deportation orders." (Press Release, "ICE Milwaukee Arrests 16 During Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement ," 1/27/17)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With Prior Felony Convictions For Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Intentionally Causing Bodily Injury To A Child, And Grand Theft Auto. "A 50-year-old twice-deported Mexican national with prior felony convictions for force/assault with a deadly weapon not firearm: gross bodily injury likely, battery/police officer, grand theft (auto), and intentionally causing bodily injury to a child-habitual criminal. He has additional convictions for battery and resisting an officer-habitual criminal. He was previously removed to Mexico in 1997 and 2003, and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony. He was arrested Jan. 25 in Waukesha and remains in ICE custody pending removal to Mexico." (Press Release, "ICE Milwaukee Arrests 16 During Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement ," 1/27/17)
  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With Prior Felony Convictions For Receiving Stolen Property And Possession Of A Controlled Substance. "A 41-year-old Mexican national with prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property and attempted unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Jan. 25 in Milwaukee and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge." (Press Release, "ICE Milwaukee Arrests 16 During Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement ," 1/27/17)

In December 2012, An Illegal Immigrant Shot And Killed A 19-Year-Old In Madison. "A 2 1/2-year investigation resulted in the arrest Friday night of Arain Gutierrez in Cancun, Mexico, for the shooting death of 19-year-old Antonio Perez in the parking lot at Webcrafters on Fordem Avenue on April 28, 2010, according to a statement issued Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Service and Madison Police." (Dennis Punzel, "Man Arrested In Mexico For 2010 Madison Shooting Death," State Journal , 12/30/12)

  • The Investigation Was Determined To Be Gang-Related. "The investigation after what was termed a gang-related homicide resulted in the arrest of three suspects who have all been sentenced for their roles in the shooting." (Dennis Punzel, "Man Arrested In Mexico For 2010 Madison Shooting Death," State Journal , 12/30/12)
  • The Suspect Fled To His Home Country In Mexico. "Gutierrez and Billy Wenner-Say were able to elude arrest and flee the area. Police believed both fled to their home countries, Gutierrez to Mexico and Wenner-Say to Guatemala." (Dennis Punzel, "Man Arrested In Mexico For 2010 Madison Shooting Death," State Journal , 12/30/12)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow Voted To Prevent Federal Immigration Enforcement From Doing Their Jobs

In 2015, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2, 10/20/15)

In 2016, Stabenow Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, Stabenow Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, Stabenow Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S. Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Rejected 60-39; R: 36-14; D: 3-44; I: 0-2, 2/15/18)

Stabenow, Along With Other Democratic Senators, Wrote A Letter To The House Appropriations Committee Opposing The Allocation Of Funds For Construction Of The Border Wall. " Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan have written a letter to the appropriations committee outlining their opposition to the plan." (Brandi Buchman, "House Committee Allocates $1.6 Billion For Trump Border Wall," Court House News , 7/13/17)

Stabenow's Constituents Have Had To Live Among Convicted Illegal Immigrants, Whose Criminal Histories Include Aggravated Assault And Battery

In March 2018, ICE Arrested 16 Individuals For Violating Federal Immigration Laws In Michigan. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers arrested 16 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in western Michigan during a four-day targeted enforcement operation that ended Thursday." (Press Release, "Western Michigan ICE Operation Nets 16 Arrests Over 4-Day Period," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement, 3/23/18)

"Nine Of The Immigration Violators Arrested During The Operation Were Convicted Criminals." "Nine of the immigration violators arrested during the operation were convicted criminals." (Press Release, "Western Michigan ICE Operation Nets 16 Arrests Over 4-Day Period," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement, 3/23/18)

Criminal Convictions Of Those Arrested Include But Are Not Limited To Domestic Violence, DUI, Aggravated Assault, Assault And Battery And Carrying A Concealed Weapon. "Criminal convictions of those arrested include but are not limited to domestic violence, DUI, operating while intoxicated, illegal entry, aggravated assault, assault and battery and carrying a concealed weapon." (Press Release, "Western Michigan ICE Operation Nets 16 Arrests Over 4-Day Period," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement, 3/23/18)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With Convictions For Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, And Other Charges. "A 46-year-old male national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with convictions for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and other charges." (Press Release, "Western Michigan ICE Operation Nets 16 Arrests Over 4-Day Period," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement, 3/23/18)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Voted To Shield Illegal Immigrants From Law Enforcement

In 2015, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

In 2016, Heitkamp Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

Sen. Heitkamp's Constituents Have Had To Worry About Their Children Living Among Criminal Illegal Immigrants With Violent Histories And Membership In The Notorious MS-13 Gang

In May 2018, ICE Officers Arrested 78 Criminal Illegal Immigrants And Immigration Violators In Five Midwest States. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 78 criminal aliens and immigration violators in five Midwest states during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Friday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

  • Three Of The 78 Were Arrested In North Dakota. "During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following states: Iowa (25), Nebraska (25), Minnesota (15), South Dakota (10) and North Dakota (3). Of the 78 arrested, 62 had criminal convictions. Seventy-two men and six women were arrested; they range in age from 20 to 64 years old." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

Most Of The Illegal Immigrants Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Assault, Rape, Sex Assault On A Child, And Prostitution. "Most of the aliens arrested by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: assault, arson, rape, sex assault on a child, solicitation of a child, domestic assault against a child, prostitution-hiring a child age 13-16, felony theft, felony forgery, prostitution, manufacturing false documents, identity theft, hit and run, distributing a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated (DUI), drug possession, indecent exposure, domestic assault, illegal sale of a weapon, criminal impersonation, possessing drugs with intent to sell, burglary, malicious prosecution, illegal re-entry after deportation and witness intimidation." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 78 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Enforcement Surge In 5 Midwest States," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/15/18)

In November 2017, Border Patrol Agents In North Dakota Arrested An Illegal Immigrant Who Was An Alleged Member Of MS-13. "Border Patrol agents from the Grand Forks Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested 39-year-old Concepcion Carcamo-Portillo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, spokesman Kristoffer Grogan confirmed. Numerous tips from concerned citizens led officers to the El Salvador national, Grogan said. Investigators determined the man was in the U.S. illegally and is an alleged member of Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the El Salvador-based international criminal organization MS-13." (April Baumgarten, "Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Arrested In Northwest North Dakota," Bismarck Tribune , 11/17/17)

Sen. Sherrod Brown Has Refused To Allow Federal And Local Law Enforcement To Cooperate

In 2015, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15)

In 2018, Brown Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S.Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Motion Rejected 39-60: R 36-14; D 3-44; I 0-2, 2/15/18)

In 2017, Brown Called A Border Wall "Ludicrous." SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): "I think the border wall is ludicrous." (MSNBC's " Meet The Press ," 8/27/17)

Members Of MS-13 Have Thrived And Committed Unthinkable Crimes In Ohio's Communities

In February, The U.S. Attorney's Office In Columbus Unveiled A 62-Page Indictment Against Members Of MS-13 That Included 5 Homicides In Columbus And Perry County. "A teen in Columbus was chopped up 69 times and dumped in a shallow grave in a Northeast Side park - one of four Columbus homicides and one Perry County homicide documented in a 62-page indictment announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbus against members of the MS-13 gang." (Beth Burger, "Latest Indictment Against MS-13 Gang Members In Central Ohio Involves Murders And Racketeering," The Columbus Dispatch , 2/15/18)

This Indictment Was The Latest Of Three Indictments Involving MS-13 Dating Back To 2006. "The latest of three indictments details crimes dating back to 2006 in central Ohio involving MS-13, one of the most violent international gangs." (Beth Burger, "Latest Indictment Against MS-13 Gang Members In Central Ohio Involves Murders And Racketeering," The Columbus Dispatch , 2/15/18)

  • 16 Of The 23 People In This Latest Indictment Are Facing Murder-Related Charges. "Out of the 23 people indicted Thursday, 16 are facing murder-related charges with maximum sentences if convicted that could be life in prison or death." (Beth Burger, "Latest Indictment Against MS-13 Gang Members In Central Ohio Involves Murders And Racketeering," The Columbus Dispatch , 2/15/18)
  • A Total Of 29 Individuals Have Been Charged In The Three Indictments. "A total of 29 people are now charged in the three indictments for crimes committed in central Ohio as members or associates of the Salvadoran-based organization." (Beth Burger, "Latest Indictment Against MS-13 Gang Members In Central Ohio Involves Murders And Racketeering," The Columbus Dispatch , 2/15/18)

Twenty-Seven Of The 29 Individuals Charged In These Indictments Entered The United States Illegally. "Only two of the 29 indicted in the U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio in Columbus entered the country legally, receiving temporary protected status allowed Salvadorans as a result of a 2001 earthquake there. Trump recently revoked that status for Salvadorans, giving them until next year to leave. The rest of those indicted entered the country illegally, prosecutors told The Dispatch." (Beth Burger, "Latest Indictment Against MS-13 Gang Members In Central Ohio Involves Murders And Racketeering," The Columbus Dispatch , 2/15/18)

In January 2018, Four Individuals Alleged To Be Members And Associates Of MS-13 Were Charged. "Four additional individuals alleged to be members and associates of MS-13 have been charged by a federal grand jury in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday, following an ongoing investigation by the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and local authorities." (Press Release, "4 More Members And Associates Of MS-13 Charged In Ongoing Central Ohio Investigation," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/2/18)

  • The Indictment Includes Numerous Charges, Such As Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute Cocaine And Marijuana, Alien In Possession Of Firearms And/Or Ammunition, And Obstruction Of Justice. "The new indictment also includes eight additional charges, including in part: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, alien in possession of firearms and/or ammunition, obstruction of justice, destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure and illegal reentry of a previously removed alien." (Press Release, "4 More Members And Associates Of MS-13 Charged In Ongoing Central Ohio Investigation," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/2/18)

In July 2017, A Federal Grand Jury Charged Ten Individuals With Conspiracy To Commit Extortion, Conspiracy To Commit Money Laundering And Use Of A Firearm During A Crime Of Violence "In July, a federal grand jury charged 10 individuals with conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit money laundering and use of a firearm during a crime of violence." ("4 More Members And Associates Of MS-13 Charged In Ongoing Central Ohio Investigation," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/2/18)

Five Others Were Arrested And Charged In Criminal Complaints This Summer With Federal Immigration-Related Crimes. "Five other individuals were arrested and charged in criminal complaints this summer with federal immigration-related crimes. Since that time, another four individuals have been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with federal immigration-related crimes." ("4 More Members And Associates Of MS-13 Charged In Ongoing Central Ohio Investigation," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/2/18)

Sen. Bill Nelson Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2, 10/20/15)

In 2016, Nelson Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, Nelson Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, Nelson Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S. Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Rejected 60-39; R: 36-14; D: 3-44; I: 0-2, 2/15/18)

Nelson Criticized President Trump's Executive Order To Build A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border, Calling It A "Political Issue." "Criticized Trump's executive order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and an expected order to control immigration more tightly. On building the wall, he said, 'there a multiplicity of things that can be done to protect our borders. This, unfortunately, has gotten into a political issue, and one particular demographic group is being singled out and, I think, unfairly.'" (Richard Danielson, "Sen. Bill Nelson: Trump Off To 'Rocky' Start; Should Invest In Infrastructure," Tampa Bay Times , 1/25/17)

In Florida, More Than 250 Criminal Illegal Immigrants - Some Who Have Criminal Records That Include First Degree Murder - Have Been Arrested By ICE

Six Illegal Immigrants Shot Two Men To Death In Lake Worth, Florida. "A band of thieves and killers from the notorious MS-13 street gang - five of them teenagers - have been prowling the streets of Lake Worth, where they shot two men to death while robbing them, deputies said. The six, all from El Salvador and Honduras, were in the U.S. illegally, authorities said." (Adam Sacasa, "Six Suspected MS-13 Gang Members Accused In Two South Florida Slayings," The Sun Sentinel , 11/17/17)

The Six Men Were Members Of The Gang MS-13. "A band of thieves and killers from the notorious MS-13 street gang - five of them teenagers - have been prowling the streets of Lake Worth, where they shot two men to death while robbing them, deputies said. The six, all from El Salvador and Honduras, were in the U.S. illegally, authorities said." (Adam Sacasa, "Six Suspected MS-13 Gang Members Accused In Two South Florida Slayings," The Sun Sentinel , 11/17/17)

All Six Men May Be Charged With First-Degree Murder And Robbery With A Firearm. "All six suspects face charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm." (Adam Sacasa, "Six Suspected MS-13 Gang Members Accused In Two South Florida Slayings," The Sun Sentinel , 11/17/17)

ICE Arrested 271 Illegal Immigrants Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, And The U.S. Virgin Islands. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 271 aliens as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who pose a threat to public safety. The enforcement action ran March 18 through 22. ERO officers made the arrests across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

  • 253 Of The Arrests Took Place In Florida. "Arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, including 76 in Miami Dade, 65 in Broward, 27 in Duval, 17 in Palm Beach, 14 in Hillsborough, 10 in Orange, seven in Seminole, five in Manatee, five in Lee, four in Pinellas, four in Brevard, three in Polk, three in Indian River, two in Volusia, two in Bay, two in Martin, one in Escambia, one in Gadsden, one in Lake, one in Osceola, one in Sarasota, one in St. Lucie, one in Suwannee, 11 in Puerto Rico, and seven in the U.S. Virgin Islands." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

Of Those Arrested, 99 Had Criminal Records That Included Felony Convictions For Serious Or Violent Offenses, Such As 1st Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, Or Rape. "Of those arrested by ICE during the enforcement action, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses, abuse of the elderly." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With An Attempted Murder Conviction. "On March 19, ERO officers arrested a Cuban citizen in Miami Dade. In 2014, the subject was convicted of attempted murder. The subject is currently pending a removal hearing by an immigration judge." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)
  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With Child Exploitation Convictions. On March 20, ERO officers arrested a Mexican citizen in Pompano Beach. The subject was previously convicted of child exploitation charges in 2013. The subject is currently pending removal." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

Of Those Arrested, 49 Were ICE Fugitives, 39 Were Individuals Who Were Previously Removed From The U.S, And Two Were Known Gang Members. "As part of the action, ERO officers apprehended 49 ICE fugitives and 39 individuals who were previously removed from the U.S., as well as two known gang members and one individual with an Interpol Red Notice." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

Sen. Claire McCaskill Has Repeatedly Voted To Protect Illegal Immigrants

In 2015, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2, 10/20/15)

In 2016, McCaskill Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, McCaskill Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, McCaskill Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S. Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Rejected 60-39; R: 36-14; D: 3-44; I: 0-2, 2/15/18)

McCaskill Said A Wall Doesn't Make Sense. "McCaskill traveled to the border to find out what U.S. Border Patrol agents need to keep our border secure. 'I've learned that this isn't as simple as a wall,' said McCaskill, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee said in a phone interview. She added a wall doesn't make sense for a great deal of the border. She added a wall doesn't make sense for a great deal of the border." (Sean Hirshberg, "'This Isn't As Simple As A Wall': Missouri Senator Visits U.S.-Mexico Border," KSHB , 2/20/17)

In Missouri, An Illegal Immigrant Who Committed Murder Lived Among Those She Took An Oath To Represent

In March 2018, ICE Arrested 20 Criminal Immigrants And Immigration Violators In The Kansas City Metro Area. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 20 criminal aliens and immigration violators in the Kansas City metro area during a four-day enforcement operation, which ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 20 In Kansas City During 4-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

Several Of The Immigrants Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Driving Under The Influence, Child Neglect, Child Abuse, Drug Offenses, Fraud, Larceny, And Illegally Re-Entering The U.S. "Several of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included driving under the influence, child neglect, child abuse, drug offenses, fraud and larceny. Four of these were arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 20 In Kansas City During 4-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

In November 2017, ICE Removed An Illegal Immigrant Wanted By Law Enforcement In Guatemala For Killing A Store Owner. "A Guatemalan man, wanted by law enforcement authorities in his home country for killing a store owner, was removed Thursday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 20 In Kansas City During 4-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

  • The Illegal Immigrant Legally Entered The U.S. As A Visitor And Overstayed His Temporary Visa By More Than 18 Years. "Ohajacao-Ramos legally entered the United States in 1998 as a visitor and overstayed his temporary visa by more than 18 years. He was arrested at his home in Neosho, Missouri, in May 2017. In September, a federal immigration judge ordered him removed to his home country." (Press Release, "ICE Deports Guatemalan Man Wanted For Killing Store Owner," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 11/22/17)

Police In Springfield, Missouri Are Worried Violent Street Gangs Will Be Drawn To The Area To Recruit Members From The Growing Immigrant Population And Concerned " Violent Hispanic Gangs Like Mara Salvatrucha, Or MS-13, Could Try To Fill An Unmet Demand For Methamphetamine In The Ozarks." "Springfield has 10 gangs with more than 200 members, but police say that alone doesn't put it in the same league as cities plagued by violent street gangs. Yet. Officers worry that the most violent international street gangs may be drawn to the area to prey on growing immigrant populations. They're also concerned violent Hispanic gangs like Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, could try to fill an unmet demand for methamphetamine in the Ozarks." (Matt Wagner, "Do We Have A Gang Problem? - Police Admit Springfield Is Home To Hundreds Of Gang Members, But They Say A Presence Doesn't Equal A Problem. Some Residents Say Police Hide Behind Semantics As Gangs Poison Neighborhoods With Drugs, Violence And Crime." The Springfield News-Leader , 2/19/06)

Sen. Jon Tester Voted To Allow The Weak Enforcement Of Immigration Laws

In 2015, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2, 10/20/15)

In 2016, Tester Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2016, Tester Voted Against Kate's Law. (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16)

In 2018, Tester Voted Against The Secure And Succeed Act. (S. Amdt. 1959 To H.R. 2579, Roll Call Vote #36 , Cloture Rejected 60-39; R: 36-14; D: 3-44; I: 0-2, 2/15/18)

Tester Mocked The Wall By Claiming That A Proposal To Build A 19-Foot-Tall Wall Would Only Lead To A Boom In Business For Companies Building 20-Foot Ladders. " Tester, a ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, said President Trump's costly proposal to build a 19-foot-tall wall on the southern border would only lead to a boom in business for companies building 20-foot ladders." (Martin Kidston, "Tester Crafts Legislation To Enhance Border Security, Technology; Opposes Wall," The Missoula Current News , 10/19/17)

Illegal Immigrant Gangs Have Been A Problem In Montana's Communities

International Crime Cartels Have Been Selling Drugs Throughout Montana And The FBI Confirmed That The Mexican Border Is The Most "Prevalent Route" That These Drugs Enter The U.S. "International crime cartels are selling hard drugs along the Hi-Line and the FBI has confirmed the Mexican border is the most 'prevalent route' by which drugs are arriving in the U.S. and, consequently, into Montana." (Paul Dragu, "Mexican Drug Cartels Hit North-Central Montana," Havre Daily News , 3/25/16)

Some Drug Dealers In Havre, Montana Appear To Be Members Of The MS-13 Gang. "The Havre dealer met regularly in eastern Montana with a cartel member to buy meth that would be sold along the Hi-Line, the person said. The out-of-town gang member who was selling meth to the local dealer, according to the testimony, was short in stature, spoke 'little English' and had a tattoo of the number 13 on his face. The Task Force agent said the tattoo most likely indicates the drug dealer was a member of a Latin-based crime syndicate, a cartel. One possibility is the gang MS-13." (Paul Dragu, "Mexican Drug Cartels Hit North-Central Montana," Havre Daily News , 3/25/16)

As A Result Of The Influx Of Drugs In Montana, Especially In The Havre Area, The Montana National Guard Counterdrug Program Received A 60 Percent Funding Hike. "The evidence repeatedly shows that when drugs come to eastern Montana, some inevitably end up on Havre's doorstep. The Montana National Guard Counterdrug Program will receive a 60 percent funding hike, according to a press release issued last week by Sen. Jon Tester's office. The increase is partly in response to pressure from Tester to National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank Grass to help fight 'organized and transnational drug trafficking and smuggling' in the Bakken region." (Paul Dragu, "Mexican Drug Cartels Hit North-Central Montana," Havre Daily News , 3/25/16)

However, Tester Did Not Take Any Action Until The Situation Was "Dire" With "Arrests In All Crime Categories In Bakken Counties Increased By 80 Percent." "By the time Tester had written Grass about allocating money to fight the increased crime in the region - Tester tells Grass that 'arrests in all crime categories in Bakken counties increased by 80 percent'- he had long known how dire the situation in Montana is." (Paul Dragu, "Mexican Drug Cartels Hit North-Central Montana," Havre Daily News , 3/25/16)

Sen. Joe Manchin Has Refused To Support Increased Border Security

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Asserted That He Has "Not Been Supportive Of Funding For A Wall." "Even the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has allied himself with Trump on other issues, said he's 'not been supportive of funding for a wall.'" (Rachael Bade And Seung Min Kim, "GOP Ready To Fund Border Wall, Setting Up Shutdown Fight," Politico , 7/11/17)

  • Manchin Told Town Hall Attendees That He Was "Not Voting For The Wall." SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "I'm not voting for the wall." (Senator Joe Manchin, Remarks At Town Hall , Parkersburg, WV, 4/12/17)

In July 2017, Manchin Insisted That He Was "Not For Building A Wall." "I'm not for building a wall. I'm not for building a wall at all." (The Young Turks, 7/11/17)

MS-13 Has Continued To Congregate In West Virginia

MS-13 Has Begun To Congregate In West Virginia. "It seems an unlikely setting for a meeting of big-city gang members - a secluded spot along the Shenandoah River where the loudest noises come from tires crunching gravel and water rushing over the dam. But it's here, on a narrow road just across the Virginia state line, that authorities say members of MS-13, one of the nation's most violent gangs, have begun to congregate." (Vicki Smith, "MS-13 Getting A Foothold In W. Va." The Associated Press , 8/28/05)

  • Jefferson County Sheriff Ed Boober Noted That MS-13 Has Been "Recruiting Everywhere." "'We're so close to Baltimore, Washington, even Philadelphia, that we're getting an element that we definitely don't want,' says State Police Capt. Rob Blair. Police suspect MS-13 in only a few assaults and robberies, but Jefferson County Sheriff Ed Boober is certain the gang is preying on some of the area's newest residents. A growing number of Hispanic immigrants have found work here, lured by the apple orchards, booming construction market and thoroughbred racing industry. 'They're recruiting everywhere. They're looking for people who don't belong,' Boober said. 'The bad thing is, once you join, you can't unjoin.'" (Vicki Smith, "MS-13 Getting A Foothold In W. Va." The Associated Press , 8/28/05)

MS-13 Gang Members Have Been Suspected Of "Preying On Newer Residents Of Jefferson County ." "Police suspect MS-13 in only a few assaults and robberies, but Jefferson County Sheriff Ed Boober is certain the gang is preying on some of the area's newest residents." (Vicki Smith, "MS-13 Getting A Foothold In W. Va." The Associated Press , 8/28/05)

In May 2018, West Virginia State Police Made A Significant Drug Bust. "Troopers with the West Virginia State Police made a significant drug bust on Monday when they noticed a man driving strangely along Interstate 70 in Ohio County." (Tate Blanchard, "Traffic Stop In West Virginia Yields Drugs And Discovery Of Illegal Immigrant," WOWK 13 , 5/22/18)

  • Over 29 Bags Of Marijuana Were Found During A Search Of The Vehicle. "According to the release, a wheeled bag contained 7 of these blue foil bags all containing suspected marijuana. Li and Chang were then placed under arrest and secured in vehicles. DHS Immigration was notified of the pending charges against Chang. A further search of the vehicle resulted in locating 29 blue and or reddish brown foil bags in the two large duffle bags in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. It was noted that numerous dryer sheets had been laid under and in the brown duffel bags in an attempt to conceal the odor of marijuana." (Tate Blanchard, "Traffic Stop In West Virginia Yields Drugs And Discovery Of Illegal Immigrant," WOWK 13 , 5/22/18)

The Driver Of The Vehicle Was In The U.S. Illegally, "Self-Admittedly For 12-Years Longer Than He Was Originally Permitted To Be." "Once Li was out of the vehicle the release said the driver gave Corporal McFarland a fake international driver's license with a Colorado address. It was later determined that Chang was in the United States illegally, self admittedly for 12-years longer than he was originally permitted to be." (Tate Blanchard, "Traffic Stop In West Virginia Yields Drugs And Discovery Of Illegal Immigrant," WOWKTV 13 , 5/22/18)

In March 2018, Ten People Were Charged In Connection With A Multistate Drug-Distribution Investigation In Which Cocaine, Firearms, Ammunition And Cash Were Seized. "Ten people were charged in connection with a multistate drug-distribution investigation in which 12 kilograms of cocaine, 11 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and more than $100,000 were seized." (Matthew Umstead, "10 Charged In Multistate Drug-Distribution Investigation," The Herald Mail , 3/7/18)

The Investigation Uncovered "A Large-Scale Drug-Distribution Network That Operated In Berkeley And Jefferson Counties In West Virginia." "Dubbed 'Operation Triton,' the criminal probe led to the discovery of a 'large-scale' drug-distribution network that operated in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia and a number of counties in Virginia and elsewhere, Powell said at a news conference at U.S. District Court in Martinsburg." (Matthew Umstead, "10 Charged In Multistate Drug-Distribution Investigation," The Herald Mail , 3/7/18)

Seven Of Those Charged Were Illegal Immigrants, And Two Were Suspected Or Confirmed Members Of MS-13. "Seven of those charged are citizens of Mexico or El Salvador, and two are suspected or confirmed members of the violent MS-13 drug-trafficking gang, officials said." (Matthew Umstead, "10 Charged In Multistate Drug-Distribution Investigation," The Herald Mail , 3/7/18)

Sen. Joe Donnelly Has Refused To Support The Building Of A Wall Along The Southern Border

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Refused To Openly Support The Wall, Instead Saying He Supported Concepts From The " Comprehensive, Bipartisan Immigration Reform From Several Years Ago ." "'We need a border security strategy that includes the infrastructure, technology, equipment, and personnel necessary to secure our borders,' Donnelly said. 'We also need to require employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers. I supported each of these concepts in the Senate-passed comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform several years ago.'" (Paul Singer, "Exclusive: Less Than 25% Of Republicans In Congress Endorse Border Wall Funding In USA TODAY Survey," USA Today , 9/20/17)

Criminal Illegal Immigrants Have Been A Problem In Indiana

In November 2017, An Illegal Immigrant Was Arrested After A Fatal Stabbing In Indiana. "The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man in Baltimore in a fatal stabbing in Indianapolis and another killing in Texas, according to the Associated Press." (Vic Ryvkaert and Ryan Martin, "Indiana Murder Suspect Arrested After 3 Deportations," Indy Star , 11/6/17)

  • The Man Was Also Wanted For Killing A 16 Year Old In Texas In 2016. "He was also wanted for killing a 16 year old in Houston in 2016, The Baltimore Sun reported." (Vic Ryvkaert and Ryan Martin, "Indiana Murder Suspect Arrested After 3 Deportations," Indy Star , 11/6/17)
  • The Illegal Immigrant Was A Member Of MS-13 And Had Been Deported Three Times. "The Marshals Service said Zambrano-Gonzalez is a member of the MS-13 gang and had three immigration removals from the United States." (Vic Ryvkaert and Ryan Martin, "Indiana Murder Suspect Arrested After 3 Deportations," Indy Star , 11/6/17)

In March 2018, ICE Arrested Nine Criminal Immigrants And Immigration Violators In Indiana. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested nine criminal aliens and immigration violators in Indiana's Allen, Elkhart and St. Joseph counties during a two-day enforcement action, which ended Wednesday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 9 In Northern Indiana During 2-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

Several Of The Immigrants Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Felony Drug Convictions And Convictions For Possessing Fraudulent Documents. "Several of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included felony drug convictions and convictions for possessing fraudulent identification documents. One was a known fugitive immigration violator, and three were arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 9 In Northern Indiana During 2-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

  • ICE Arrested An Illegal Immigrant With Felony Drug Charge Convictions. "A 57-year-old, previously deported Mexican citizen was arrested Feb. 28 in Elkhart, Indiana. He was convicted of felony drug charges and was sentenced to four years in prison. He currently is in ICE custody pending removal." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 9 In Northern Indiana During 2-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

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