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Congress passes bill making criminal gang membership a deportable offense

September 15, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Congress passes bill making criminal gang membership a deportable offense

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation making membership in a criminal gang an offense resulting in deportation.

Proponents of the bill are calling the measure a tool that law enforcement can use to remove members of the violent street gang MS-13, according to CBS News.

Membership in a criminal street gang does not make an immigrant admissible for deportation under the current law.

However, lawmakers who opposed the bill said the law would promote racial profiling and could lead to the deportation of innocent, non-gang members.

The bill passed by a mostly party-line vote of 233-175.

The White House has endorsed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, but it faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.

The legislation gives the Department of Homeland Security the power to designate a group of five or more people as a criminal gang.

Anyone determined to have participated in the gang or have furthered its illegal activity can be detained and deported.

“We will not cower in the face of this brutal violence. “We will work with the Trump administration to fight back and protect American youth.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. “It’s time to stand up for our children and end violence in our neighborhoods, once and for all.”

“It’s time to stand up for our children and end violence in our neighborhoods, once and for all,” Ryan added.

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