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As historic numbers of illegal border crossings continue to soar, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on legislation that would close the “catch-and-release” loophole that forces immigration authorities to release illegal immigrants back into the U.S. if they have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months. The Keep Our Communities Safe Act outlines specific situations where an illegal immigrant can be deported instead of released back into communities around the country.

“The ‘catch-and-release’ loophole has allowed dangerous criminals to blatantly circumvent our justice system, making our country less safe and putting our communities at risk,” said Senator Ernst. “This legislation would put a stop to this senseless policy and take a small step towards restoring order at the Southern border.”

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“Under no circumstance should an illegal immigrant with a history of violence be released into the U.S. through this loophole,” said Senator Grassley. “Not only is this a danger to our communities and law enforcement as President Biden’s border crisis rages on, but it’s also an insult to immigrants who follow our laws and come here legally. This is a common-sense fix that is sorely needed,” Grassley said.

“Our immigration system is broken and President Biden won’t acknowledge the crisis we are facing at the southern border,” said Senator Inhofe. “That’s why my colleagues and I introduced the Keep Our Communities Safe Act this week. This legislation would close the ‘catch-and-release’ loophole, which puts law abiding citizens, local law enforcement officials and communities at risk. Our bill will ensure that illegal aliens who have been found guilty of violent crimes and aggravated felonies are not able to remain in our communities. As the current law stands, an illegal alien with a criminal record is released back into the United States after six months if no other country accepts them for deportation. This bill is a commonsense solution and it’s time for it to become law.”

Author: Press Release

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