Democrats Block Bill To Deport Illegal Immigrants Who Assault Law Enforcement

House Majority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and 147 other House Democrats recently voted against a measure that would require illegal immigrants who assault law enforcement officers to face deportation. The move comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 463 assaults on Border Patrol agents in the first half of 2024.

Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC) attempted to pass the “POLICE Act” in March, which would prevent illegal immigrants who have assaulted law enforcement from obtaining legal status or citizenship. Democrats blocked the bill for the third time, prompting Budd to share a personal story about the murder of Wake County, North Carolina Deputy Sheriff Ned Byrd.

Byrd and his K9, Sasha, were killed in August 2022 when two brothers allegedly ambushed him during a suspicious activity check. “Let’s imagine that your uncle is a sheriff’s deputy you couldn’t be prouder of him you know that he gets up he goes to work every day to defend and protect his community,” Budd said while pushing for the bill.

The latest CBP data reveals that San Diego’s southern border has become a hotspot for illegal crossings in recent months, while Border Patrol apprehended more than 250,000 migrants in Arizona’s Tucson sector during the first four months of the fiscal year.

Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden’s recent executive action limiting the number of illegal immigrants who can claim asylum to 2,500 per day, with Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ) asking, “If that number can be 2,500, why not make it zero?”