WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) has filed H.R. 2199, the Deport Convicted Foreign Criminals Act, to prohibit the issuance of diplomatic visas to people from any countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a national ordered removed from the United States.

Under current law, when an alien commits a serious crime in the United States he or she must be repatriated back to their country of origin. However, in many cases the home countries either delay or refuse to accept and repatriate their nationals who have been issued removal orders by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

This is one aspect of Border Security and National Security that has unfortunately slipped through the cracks, said Poe. We give convicted foreign criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card to live in the United States because we cannot permanently detain them and their countries of origin refuse to take them back.  It is time that we offer a proper incentive to these uncooperative nations who freely take our money, and turn around and disrespect our laws.  We should not be issuing visas to diplomats of other nations that refuse to cooperate with our government. Keeping their criminals here is endangering our citizens.

The bill has 10 original co-sponsors: Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3), Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-2), Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16), Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-2), Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16), Rep. Steve King (IA-5), Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Rep. Mike Pence (IN-6).

 Top 10 List of Offenders:

Country

# of Criminals Remaining in the United States

CUBA

49,966

CHINA

35,230

INDIA

11,773

JAMAICA

9,699

PAKISTAN

7,337

SOMALIA

4,771

IRAN

3,702

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

3,112

BANGLADESH

2,615

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Source: United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)