Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

CRAMER: It’s Time to Enforce Immigration Laws

Jan 25, 2017
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer released a statement about the executive orders issued today by President Donald Trump directing his administration to take action on the following:

“It’s about time our nation enforces its immigration laws, secures its southern border and puts a higher value on the safety of United States citizens than the protection of illegal immigrants.  By making this a priority the first week of his presidency, President Trump is underscoring his commitment to respecting the rule of law, protecting public safety and strengthening the American economy.  I have consistently supported legislation in Congress on homeland security, immigration reform and sanctuary cities, including being an original co-sponsor of  H.R. 400, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced the first week of the new Congress.  Finally we have a President who will stand by our efforts in Congress to bring common sense to an immigration policy in dire need of reform.” 

Interior Immigration Enforcement

  • Sanctuary cities: Strip certain federal grant funding from cities and jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.
  • Increase federal immigration agents: Hire 10,000 additional U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
  • Federal-State agreements: Increase Federal, State and local cooperation in the enforcement of immigration laws to the maximum extent permitted by current law. 
  • Prioritize the removal of illegal aliens who:
  • Have been convicted of any criminal offense;
  • Have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved; 
  • Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
  • Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency; 
  • Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
  • Are subject to a final order of removal, but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
  • In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security. 

Border Security

  • Border wall: In accordance with existing law, take all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border.
  • Increase border agents: Hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents.
  • Detention facilities: Immediately construct facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico.
  • Increase the number of asylum officers and judges at such facilities to expedite the processing of federal immigration cases.
  • Access to Federal lands: Permit all officers and employees of the United States, as well as all authorized State and local officers, to have access to all Federal lands as necessary and appropriate to implement the actions laid out in this executive order.