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house Bill H.R. 3697

Should Members of Gangs Like MS-13 be Banned From Entering the U.S. and Deported If They’re Here Illegally?

Argument in favor

The U.S. should refuse admission to foreign nationals who are members of criminal gangs, and those already in the country should be detained and deported.

Steven's Opinion
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09/11/2017
Illegal criminals should be deported at every opportunity.
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John.Nutt's Opinion
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09/11/2017
Anyone with a tattoo related to MS-13 or affiliated with the gang should be deported on site. No trial needed. They will do no good to this country and shouldn't be here in the first place.
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Susan's Opinion
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09/11/2017
well duh Illegal and violent gang members should be immediately removed from this country!
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Argument opposed

More needs to be done about gangs like MS-13, but requiring the deportation of undocumented gang members won’t make the problem go away.

TheHippyHippie's Opinion
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09/11/2017
Let's not create new Jim Crow-style laws. Laws like these result in innocent people being treated like criminals because of their physical appearance. Might I suggest that we focus our attention on the growing presence of white supremacy and neo-nazism instead? You know because it poses an immediate and present threat to the safety of citizens of color.
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Lisa's Opinion
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09/11/2017
This is another of Trump's racial agendas, with no factual basis. Most immigrants do not break the law they have way more to lose. Most criminals are Americans
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jeffersonistaken's Opinion
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09/13/2017
This leaves far too much room for misinterpretation and fails to provide opportunity for individuals to better their lives. We need to focus this attention inward on the hate groups that already thrive within our borders.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed September 14th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 233 Yea / 175 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedSeptember 7th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 3697?

This bill would bar foreign citizens who are member of gangs from entering the U.S. and require them to be detained and removed from the U.S. if they commit criminal acts or participate in gang activity while in the country. Additionally, the bill would deny immigration benefits such as asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and temporary protected status to gang members.

The Secretary of Homeland Security would consult with the Attorney General regarding designations of criminal gangs, which would be defined as a group of five or more persons that commits felony drug offenses, human trafficking, violent crime, racketeering, obstruction of justice or witness tampering, burglary, and other offenses. Such designations would be subject to review upon petition, could be revoked by Congress, and reviewed by federal courts.

Impact

Foreign nationals who are members of gangs; law enforcement agencies; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3697

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced this bill to prevent foreign nationals who are members of gangs like MS-13 from entering the U.S. and ensure that they’re deported if they continue those activities after illegally entering the country:

“In Northern Virginia there have been at least eight brutal murders tied to the transnational MS-13 gang since last November. That is unacceptable, and this legislation will help get these violent gang members off our streets. MS-13 preys upon and intimidates those who have come to our country to seek a better life. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act will give important tools to law enforcement like the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force so that they can effectively do their jobs to deport alien gang members.”

The White House expressed that it "strongly supports" this bill, and that if it were presented to the president in this form he would sign it into law. This legislation has the support of three Republican cosponsors in the House.


Of NoteMS-13 is a criminal organization that operates in Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. with a particularly heavy presence in California, Texas, and the Washington D.C. metro area. It was the first criminal gang to be classified by the FBI as a transnational criminal organization, and has between 6,000 and 10,000 members in the U.S. and another 30,000 members internationally.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: FBI / Public Domain)

AKA

Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to aliens associated with criminal gangs, and for other purposes.

    Illegal criminals should be deported at every opportunity.
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    Can we deport the kkk too?
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    Let's not create new Jim Crow-style laws. Laws like these result in innocent people being treated like criminals because of their physical appearance. Might I suggest that we focus our attention on the growing presence of white supremacy and neo-nazism instead? You know because it poses an immediate and present threat to the safety of citizens of color.
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    This is another of Trump's racial agendas, with no factual basis. Most immigrants do not break the law they have way more to lose. Most criminals are Americans
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    This leaves far too much room for misinterpretation and fails to provide opportunity for individuals to better their lives. We need to focus this attention inward on the hate groups that already thrive within our borders.
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    Anyone with a tattoo related to MS-13 or affiliated with the gang should be deported on site. No trial needed. They will do no good to this country and shouldn't be here in the first place.
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    Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't the United States government responsible for creating MS-13 with flawed Central American foreign policy that destroyed the economy of El Salvador and the total neglect of Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles that allowed MS-13 to flourish there?
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    well duh Illegal and violent gang members should be immediately removed from this country!
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    Needs to be very specific. See this as a broad brush attempt by fRump to advance his racist agenda
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    This is a dangerous bill in that it gives a magic broad-sweeping unprovable label to tie to anyone to get them deported. This is dripping with abuse potential and will have a major chilling effect on how our law enforcement and ICE work with people of color. Vote no. Deal with gang members using current laws.
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    The U.S. should refuse admission to foreign nationals who are members of criminal gangs, and those already in the country should be detained and deported. It's common sense.
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    How is this even a question? Has there ever been a more obvious answer? Why would you want confirmed gang members here.
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    Regardless of affiliation, race or origin convicted, violent people should not be incarcerated in our country. I am not a proponent of broad sweeping policy, which this could be, political asylum, proven reformed individuals and productive immigrants should not be subject to being fearful of threat of deportation.
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    Anyone who votes against this is a radical liberal and probably a member of Antifa. Get a job. Anyone who responds to my comment with a statement regarding the KKK or Nazis, my response to you is that all the above are terrorists (including MS13) and need to be condemned and banished.
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    Good luck figuring that out reliably. Let's punish behavior, not some likely-imagined affiliation .
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    If you're not here to contribute to society and the community, then you shouldn't be here in the US at all.
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    If they have committed a crime they will be deported. Identifying who's in a gang can't be determined just by a tattoo since they may have reformed, or simply by who someone knows. In the US the burden of proof is on the accusers, but the bill does not specify how one is identified as being an active gang member especially in a way of reasonable doubt.
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    If we can ban them, can we ban Nazis, white supremecists, the KKK and other domestic terrorist groups too?
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    Yes, how about we enforce the laws already on the books.
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    Immigrants entering our country should be screened for any criminal record or flags in the State Department's visa approval process. I believe that being qualified for any Visa is a rigorous process now.
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