Culberson Amendment to Detain Convicted Criminal Aliens Adopted
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to ensure that dangerous, convicted criminal aliens are not released from Federal detention prior to their removal from the United States. Following the amendment’s adoption, Congressman Culberson released the following statement.
“Under current law, convicted criminal aliens can be released into communities after conviction, but prior to deportation. This allows dangerous criminal aliens to remain in the United States after they have been convicted of murder or sexual assault. This puts our families in danger and it must end.
“My amendment requires the government to maintain custody of these criminal aliens, who are a threat to our national security, until they can be removed from the country. This ensures they cannot prey on women and children or sell illicit drugs in our communities.
“I thank my colleagues for adopting my amendment; it will enforce our laws and keep our communities safe.”