This bill — known as the VOICES Act — would direct the U.S. Sentencing Commission to revise its guidelines to make unlawful presence and crimes committed by an unauthorized immigrant who illegally reenters the country aggravating factors for federal crimes. Unauthorized immigrants who unlawfully reenter the country after being deported and injure another person in the course of a crime would face a prison term of 10 to 20 years, while crimes resulting in the death of another person would lead to a sentence of 20 to 40 years. Prison sentences served in state correctional facilities for state crimes wouldn't be allowed to count toward federal sentences.
The VOICES Act’s full title is the Peter, Ellie, and Grayson Victims of Illegal Criminal Entry Act. It’s named after Peter Hacking, a lawful immigrant and volunteer firefighter, and his two children — 4-year old Ellie and 22-month old Grayson were killed an unauthorized immigrant was driving without a license after illegally reentering the U.S. who was sentenced to two years in state prison.