Congressman Introduces Bill to Withhold Funds, Travel Visas from Countries That Refuse to Repatriate Criminal Aliens

By Melanie Arter | May 17, 2016 | 11:03 AM EDT

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( – Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) introduced a bill on Friday to withhold foreign aid and travel visas from countries that refuse to take back illegal immigrants who have been given a final order of removal from the United States.

The Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act of 2016 or H.R. 5224 was filed in response to a House Oversight Committee hearingon criminal aliens. As previously reported, 86,288 criminal aliens were released by the Obama administration from 2013-2015 after committing over 231,000 crimes.

One of those criminal aliens was Jean Jacques, who served over 10 years for attempted murder. Haiti refused to take him back, and six months after he was released from prison, Jacques killed Casey Chadwick in New London, Conn.

“My bill puts the interests of American citizens, like Casey Chadwick, first,” Babin said in a statement.

Babin’s bill would “withhold Federal financial assistance from each country that denies or unreasonably delays the acceptance of nationals of such country who have been ordered removed from the United States and to prohibit the issuance of visas to nationals of such country.”

“In just the past three years, the Obama Administration has allowed tens of thousands of dangerous criminal aliens back onto U.S. Streets – including 14,000 in Texas alone,” said Babin.

“Hundreds of Americans have died at the hands of these criminal aliens, and to make things worse, some of them were simply let go because their countries of origin refused to take them back. This is absolutely insane – and my bill holds uncooperative countries accountable by stripping them of U.S. foreign aid and travel visas,” he said.

The bill has 20 Republican co-sponsors. It requires that the Department of Homeland Security submit a report to Congress every three months detailing those countries that have refused to take back their citizens. Countries listed in the report, like Haiti for example, will be subject to the bill, which also provides victims of these crimes standing to sue in a federal district court.

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