US Rep. Mike Rogers holds Town Hall meetings

August 17, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 12, 2017, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) held a Town Hall meeting Thursday morning at the Southern Union campus in Opelika and another on Thursday afternoon at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford. Attendance was estimated at about 200 at both events.

US Representative Mike Rogers said on social media afterward, “Since the media won’t do it, I was glad I had the opportunity to discuss firsthand how I strongly support President Trump’s America’s First agenda.”

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Combatting illegal immigration

July 11, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Kate Steinle became a household name in 2015 after the 32-year old was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco. It was a horrific event that shined light on some serious flaws in our Nation’s immigration system.

The man who killed her, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was in our country illegally. Making matters worse, he had already been deported five times and had been convicted of seven felonies. He had no business being in the United States.
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Byrne, Roby, Brooks vote to strengthen Immigration laws

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, US Representatives: Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) voted in support of two bills that sponsors say are intended to strengthen our Nation’s immigration laws and fight back against illegal immigration. Both Kate’s Law, HR3004, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, HR3003, passed the House last week.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement, “I am committed to working with President Trump to secure the border and combat illegal immigration. By passing these two important bills, we are sending a clear message that the safety and security of the American people comes first.
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Brooks wants El Chapo to pay for border wall

April 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 27, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) filed House companion legislation for the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, HR2186. This legislation was recently introduced in the Senate by US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The EL CHAPO Act would use approximately $14 billion of the fortune belonging to famed Mexican drug lord, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera “El Chapo” to pay for President Trump’s controversial border wall plan.
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Roby supports Sessions’ crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

April 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Monday, April 3, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced in an email that she supports Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to deny Department of Justice grants to sanctuary cities. Rep. Roby called the decision by Sessions a, “Good move.”

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “Sanctuary cities are municipalities that have implemented policies designed to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation. For instance, the city of San Francisco prohibits its police force from complying with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents by denying them access to interview incarcerated immigrants to determine legal status. ICE depends on cooperation from state and local authorities, and sanctuary city policies greatly hinder their ability to enforce our immigration laws.
 
Sanctuary cities are magnets for illegal immigrants, including some dangerous people with criminal records. There are more than 140 jurisdictions and six states actively obstructing enforcement of federal immigration laws with sanctuary policies. This practice puts Americans at risk, and I believe the federal government should do all it can to discourage it.”
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House bill would withhold funding from universities designated as ‘sanctuary campuses’

February 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House on Tuesday night passed a bill along party lines intended to crack down on public colleges and universities that attempt to defy State and Federal immigration law.

The “Americans First Act” passed 72–28 and would give the Attorney General the power to withhold public funding from “sanctuary campuses” if passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor. The bill adds to existing laws that allow the withholding of funding from cities, counties and other municipalities that declare themselves “sanctuary areas.”

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Bentley says Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities

February 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Birmingham City Council voted to make Birmingham a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) responded to the action saying that the State of Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities.

Governor Bentley said, “President Trump has already taken decisive and necessary action to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities or institutions that harbor or shelter illegal immigrants, and are in clear violation of the laws of the nation.” Read More

Early picks show priorities of Trump administration

December 12, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

Over the last few weeks, reporters with television cameras have stood watch in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City to see who is coming and going from meetings with President-elect Donald Trump.

Most of the visitors are there to talk to the President-elect about opportunities to serve in his administration, and based on the announcements so far, it is safe to say that President-elect Trump is putting together a great team.
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What I’m Hearing in Southwest Alabama

January 25, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“What are you hearing?” That is probably the most common question I get whether I’m visiting a local business or just stopping by the grocery store. People want to know what my constituents and their neighbors are worried about.

One of the best ways I hear the concerns of my constituents is by holding town hall meetings. These meetings aren’t formal events, and they certainly don’t include long speeches. In fact, I don’t even make opening comments. I simply get right into taking questions and listening to concerns from my constituents.
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Palmer and Byrne Vote Against Sanctuary Cities

July 24, 2015

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter 

Thursday, July 23 U.S. Representatives Gary Palmer (R from Hoover) and Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) both voted in favor of H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House today.  This bill cuts off specific federal law enforcement grants for “sanctuary” cities.  The legislation defines sanctuary cities as those cities which refuse to cooperate with the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) or other government agencies charged with immigration, or have laws that bar law enforcement from inquiring about a suspect’s immigration status.  

Congressman Palmer said in a statement, “If a city chooses not to cooperate with the federal government in enforcing immigration law, then they should not receive the benefit of federal law enforcement funding.  The rule of law must always remain a high priority for every elected official if we are to maintain our constitutional order.”

Congressman Byrne said in his own statement, “Today the House passed a bill to cut off grant funding for “sanctuary cities” who refuse to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. This vote comes after Kate Steinle was killed earlier this year by an illegal immigrant in one of these “sanctuary cities.” It doesn’t seem like these cities are “sanctuaries” for law abiding citizens, but rather that they are “sanctuaries” for criminals.”

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 200 cities nationwide could be classified as sanctuary cities.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) estimate that January 1 to August 31, 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released after being arrested by sanctuary jurisdictions.  Of the 8,100 aliens released by sanctuary jurisdictions, approximately 1,900 were later arrested yet again.  In many instances, these illegal immigrants were subsequently arrested more than once. 

This has been a problem for years, but the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco on July 1st allegedly by criminal illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has focused attention on this issue.  In March Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities asked the San Francisco Police Department to hold Lopez Sanchez for them to pick up; but they instead turned him loose, despite his multiple felony convictions, due to San Francisco’s sanctuary city laws.  He later (allegedly) stole a gun from a member of law enforcement and (allegedly) gunned down Miss Steinle who was just taking a stroll with her father.

Rep. Byrne said, “I am the father of two grown women, but I never quit being their daddy. And I cannot imagine what Mr. Steinle went through that day when he was with his daughter, and she was shot and died in his arms.”

Congressman Byrne said, “He testified yesterday before the Senate. Very emotional, powerful testimony, and I wonder what he would say if he were in this room today with us, because I think what he was telling the Senate yesterday is that he wanted us to do something.  There’s been a failure here, and in part, it’s our failure, and I don’t think it’s too much for any of us to understand the human component of that father. And this is not an isolated incident, unfortunately. If it’s not an isolated incident, it’s going to happen again until somebody stops it.  And it seems to me it’s the responsibility of those of us in public office to stop it, and here is an opportunity to stop it, and I would not be doing my duty as a Congressman – I also would not be doing my duty as a dad – if I didn’t stop it.”

H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act passed the House 241 to 179.

 

 

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