Rep. Matt Gaetz: Dems ‘Hate ICE So Much That They’d Keep ICE in the Dark When Illegals Try to Get Guns’

By Melanie Arter | February 20, 2019 | 10:09am EST

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted last week against an amendment to a gun control (gun background check) bill requiring that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be notified whenever an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun but fails the background check.

In a tweet last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wrote: “Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun. They hate ICE so much that they'd keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!”

The bill in question is the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8), which was sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and requires background checks for every firearm sale.

At issue was language in an amendment offered by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), which states in part: “In the case of an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” reports that “a record number of illegal aliens” tried to buy firearms last year:


The FBI this year has barred a record number of cases of illegal immigrants from buying guns, according to a new report of background checks.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System listed 7,836,600 “illegal/unlawful alien” as of 2018.

That number has been increasing in recent years.

Illegal immigrants rank at the top of those on the FBI’s “prohibited category.”


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