Majority of House Dems Vote Against Deporting Illegals Convicted of Drunk Driving, Social Security Fraud

A majority of House Democrats opposed legislation this week aimed at denying admission or deporting foreign nationals who have been convicted of or admitted to specific crimes, including Social Security fraud and driving under the influence.

On Wednesday, 155 Democrats voted against deporting illegal aliens who commit social security fraud and Thursday morning, 150 Democrats voted to not deport illegal aliens convicted of drunk driving.

“What the heck is going on?!” a seemingly perplexed Elon Musk commented on his platform.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee debated and passed four immigration bills: H.R.6976, the Protect Our Communities from DUIs Act; H.R. 5585, the Agent Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act; H.R.6678, the Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act; and H.R.6679, the No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act.

H.R.6976, authored by Rep. Barry Moore (R-Ala.), makes aliens convicted of driving while impaired inadmissible and deportable. The bill passed the House Thursday  274 to 150.

Under current law, a a simple DUI conviction does not trigger adverse immigration consequences.

In a press release earlier this month, Congressman Moore noted that “in 2023 alone, there were over 13,384 impaired driving fatalities and 400,000 injuries” in the United States.

“This issue hits close to home for me,” Moore said.  “There was a newlywed couple from my hometown of Enterprise named Angel and Jeremy Seay, I knew this couple personally. Angel and Jeremy were riding their motorcycle together when out of nowhere an illegal immigrant under the influence of alcohol plowed into them with his pick-up truck. Their lives were cut short, and unfortunately tragedies like this one are not uncommon across our country.”

H.R. 5585 would impose increased criminal and immigration penalties for using a motor vehicle to flee a border patrol agent within 100 miles of the United States border. The bill is named after Border Patrol Agent Raul Humberto Gonzalez Jr., who died after crashing his vehicle into a physical barrier in attempting to arrest illegal aliens.  In addition to the new penalties, the bill makes aliens convicted of fleeing offenses resulting in death or serious injury inadmissible and deportable. The bill also requires the Department of Justice to report inform Congress in an annual report how many aliens were charged with offenses specified in the bill and the sentencing outcome for each offense.

The legislation passed 271 to 154 in a floor vote on Tuesday.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) sponsored H.R. 6678 to make aliens who have been convicted of or who have admitted to committing Social Security fraud inadmissible and deportable.

H.R.6678 passed 272 to 155 in the House.

“The Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act” changes the arduous, counterintuitive, and lengthy process by streamlining the analysis and ensuring that criminal aliens can be held to account and quickly removed from the country for victimizing Americans for Social Security fraud and identification document fraud,” the California congressman said in a press release following the passage of the bill.

McClintock also sponsored the H.R.6679, the No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act, which provides that “any alien who carried out, participated in, planned, financed, afforded material support to, or otherwise facilitated any of the attacks against Israel initiated by Hamas beginning on October 7, 2023, be found inadmissible to and removable from the United States and ineligible for all relief under the immigration laws.”

The Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR) explained why passage of the legislation is critical.

“Since the attacks on Israel in October 2023, an estimated one million illegal aliens have been encountered at our borders, nearly all released into the interior of the country,” the immigration watchdog noted.

Law enforcement and national security experts have warned that suspected terrorists may use the open border to enter and carry out attacks. FBI Director Wray told Congress that ”We assess that the actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration, the likes of which we haven’t seen since ISIS launched its so-called caliphate several years ago. In just the past few weeks, multiple foreign terrorist organizations have called for attacks against Americans and the West.” He further said that “We cannot—and do not—discount the possibility that Hamas or another foreign terrorist organization may exploit the current conflict to conduct attacks here, on our own soil.”

“It is imperative that Congress ensures that these bad actors will find no refuge in the United States,” Rep. McClintock stated after the legislation passed in an overwhelmingly 422 to 2 floor vote.

Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mis.) were the two lawmakers who voted against deporting dangerous terrorists.

“I opposed H.R. 6679 because it is a redundant, empty messaging bill Republicans are using to target immigrants and incite anti-Palestinian hate,” Bush explained in a post on X. “Republicans have ZERO credibility on these issues.”

In a statement Wednesday, Tlaib called the four Republican bills “hateful” and argued that 6679 was unnecessary because “it is redundant with already existing federal law.”

“It’s just another GOP messaging bill being used to incite anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim hatred that makes communities like ours unsafe,” she said.

The bill, however, is not redundant. It expands existing law to include members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and those involved in the Oct. 7 attack who were not a members of any terror groups.

Tlaib also argued that H.R. 6678 would violate “fundamental due process protections by adding new grounds of exclusion and deportation based on mere allegations, not convictions, of Social Security fraud.”

“No one should be separated from their communities and their family due to an unproven allegation,” she said in defense of her vote.

But McClintock insisted that the process needed to be sped up to protect Americans from identity theft.

“The current process for holding aliens accountable for Social Security fraud and identification document fraud is bureaucratized to the point of absurdity,” he said in his statement. “In one case an alien trafficking in phony identification documents was placed in removal proceedings in 2005, with the lengthy appeals process not concluding until 2013.”

He added, “Despite the harm of Social Security fraud, there is no guarantee that an alien convicted of or admitting to this crime can be found inadmissible to or removable from the United States.”

The IRS in the past has processed fraudulent tax returns knowing they contained false W-2 information and issued refunds to illegal immigrants if they believed the information was only used to fraudulently obtain jobs.

In 2016,  Indiana’s WTHR Eyewitness News reported that the IRS kept this policy secret from taxpayers, and IRS employees were instructed not to tell taxpayers when illegal aliens used their Social Security numbers to earn income. Investigative journalist Bob Segall reported that the IRS actually encouraged illegal aliens to file taxes with mismatched Social Security numbers that don’t legally belong to them.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) gave an extraordinary, impassioned speech on the floor Wednesday, accusing Joe Biden of intentionally creating a “clear and present danger to our national security.”

Johnson released a memo earlier this month “documenting 64 specific actions”  the Biden regime has taken to undermine border security and to promote the mass release of illegals and other criminals into the country.

He said he has spoken to Biden numerous times urging him to take immediate actions to stem the flow.

“A senior border patrol officer told us on that trip to Eagle Pass that if President Biden, by the stroke of a pen, would issue an executive order today to just simply reinstate Remain in Mexico, they think that would stop the flow by 70 percent,” Johnson said.

“Law enforcement and intelligence leaders are warning us that we may very well suffer a preventable terrorist attack here in the homeland if we don’t immediately secure that border and remove these dangerous terrorists from inside our borders,” the Speaker said.

He submitted for the congressional record a letter he received from former top intelligence officials warning of a “new and unfamiliar threat” stemming from the massive influx of single military aged males flowing into the country from all corners of the globe, including “adversarial nations and terrorist regimes.”

“These former FBI officials told us that we are suffering, quote, ‘a soft invasion’ along our southern border,” Johnson said.

“When we were at Eagle Pass in the Del Rio sector earlier in January, they told us that 60 to 70 percent of the people coming across the border right there at that epicenter are single adult males,” he said. “They’re military-aged. These are not huddled masses of families seeking refuge and asylum. These are people coming into our country to do only God knows what.”

“The Biden administration is allowing it, and we’ve noted that they are coming from adversarial nations and from terrorist regions,” Johnson stressed. “We have no idea what they’re planning.”

“I read the black letter law to the President of the United States on the phone about two and a half weeks ago,” Johnson continued. I said, ‘Mr. President, it says very clearly that you have all the tools and the executive authority necessary to reverse the catastrophe that you have created.'” He noted that in response, Biden just mumbled something and pretended he didn’t have the power to do anything about it.

Johnson blasted his liberal colleagues for opposing the GOP’s “commonsense” immigration bills. “Democrats are refusing to take the border catastrophe and its effects seriously,” he wrote on X.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (R) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speak at a press conference.(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)