Thursday, June 29, 2017

AZ Congressman Andy Biggs’ Statement on House Passage of Immigration Enforcement Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004). Congressman Andy Biggs co-authored The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which included his bill, Grant’s Law. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“Everybody in America agrees that someone who is criminally violent should not be released on the streets of America. Yet for years, the policies of the Obama Administration have allowed exactly the opposite to happen, leading to countless innocent Americans being put in harm’s way.  One of them, my constituent, Grant Ronnebeck, was murdered in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had a long criminal record and had been released from federal custody while awaiting deportation proceedings. We cannot allow tragedies like this one to continue to happen, and I am pleased that Congress has taken action to bring these lax policies to an end. 
“I would be remiss if I did not thank my predecessor, Matt Salmon, whose initial work on “Grant’s Law” in the House helped to make today possible. I also wish to mention Steve Ronnebeck, father of Grant, whose dedication to the cause has energized countless lawmakers and activists around the country to protect innocent Americans. 
“I am grateful for the leadership and commitment of Chairman Bob Goodlatte to ensure that these important bills received consideration and passed the House of Representatives. I hope these bills receive a swift vote in the Senate and are quickly signed into law by President Trump.”

Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.