We cannot understand why Congress and the Obama administration are not requiring federal agencies to enforce immigration laws and not requiring states and localities to assist in enforcing the law. The tragic shooting death of Kate Steinle by a five-times deported illegal alien could have been prevented if the laws currently on the books were enforced. Please support and help to pass H.R. 1148, the Davis-Oliver Act. This bill would outlaw sanctuary cities and require all immigration laws to be enforced.

Sanctuary cities make our entire country less safe by refusing to hand over illegal aliens to ICE for removal proceedings, even if the illegal aliens have a criminal record. The arrogance of these localities is beyond belief and has resulted in the deaths of innocent Americans. By attempting to protect illegal aliens from deportation, they are knowingly and wantonly harboring dangerous illegal aliens. The ramifications of which were sadly played out in San Francisco when an innocent woman was shot by an illegal alien who had been deported five times. This death was preventable and it must serve as a lesson for our communities and our nation.

H.R. 1148, the Davis-Oliver Act, would prevent many future crimes committed by illegal aliens by requiring localities to abide by ICE immigration detainers. The legislation would also authorize state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws, require DHS to maintain an up-to-date database of all aliens subject to removal and ensure states have access to it, require DHS to build additional detention facilities and provide grants to state and local law enforcement for equipment and facilities, and require DHS to train state and local law enforcement agencies on immigration law and immigration enforcement.

All murders are tragic, but the murder of Kate Steinle in San Fransisco was senseless because it could so easily have been prevented. Congress and the president must act to ensure all federal agencies and localities abide by federal immigration laws. Please support and help to pass H.R. 1148 to make sure this happens.

Phone me if you would like to talk about this.

Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA

P.S. We cannot preserve our country if we do not preserve the rule of law.