Chaffetz Applauds President’s Immigration Actions

Published: Jan 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after President Trump took action to combat illegal immigration within the United States.

“Today’s announcement is a welcome step forward after eight years of failed immigration policies. There is no doubt our immigration system is broken. We give rewards and incentives to those who come here illegally and penalize individuals who patiently wait in line. Locking down the border, deporting dangerous criminals, and penalizing countries who refuse to repatriate convicted felons sends a message that the United States respects and enforces the rule of law. I applaud the president’s efforts to take action on this high priority issue.”

Background:

The committee conducted vigorous oversight of immigration related issue during the 114th Congress. More details are listed below:

Hearings:

Full Committee: Denying Visas to Countries that Refuse to Take Back Deported Nationals (July 2016)

Subcommittees on National Security and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules: A Review of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration (June 2016)

Full Committee: Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security (April 2016)

Subcommittees on National Security and Government Operations: Threats at our Borders (March 2016)

Subcommittees on National Security and Government Operations: The President’s Waiver of Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (February 2016)

Full Committee: Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns (December 2015)

Subcommittees on National Security and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules: Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program (December 2015)

Full Committee: A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention, and Release of Non-citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States – Part II (March 2015)

Subcommittee on National Security: A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention, and Release of Non-citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States (February 2015)

Letters:

Chairman Chaffetz and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to Department of Homeland Security (September 2016)

Chairman Chaffetz and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to Department of the TreasurySecurities and Exchange CommissionDepartment of JusticeFederal Bureau of Investigations, and Department of State (May 2016)

Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (May 2016)

Chairmen Chaffetz and Goodlatte, Oversight National Security Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to DHS (May 2015)