Hoeven Introduces Laken Riley Act to Force Ice to Detain, Deport Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today joined U.S. Senators Katie Britt and Ted Budd in introducing the Laken Riley Act, which would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest illegal aliens who commit theft, burglary, larceny or shoplifting offenses and would mandate that these aliens are detained until they are removed from the country so they cannot commit additional crimes. Additionally, the bill would ensure that states have standing to bring civil actions against federal officials who refuse to enforce immigration law or violate the law. 

The House approved the bill, introduced by Representative Mike Collins, last week in a bipartisan vote of 251-170.

“This is commonsense legislation that would ensure that ICE detains and deports illegal immigrants who commit crimes. The bill has already been approved in a bipartisan manner by the House of Representatives and the Senate should vote and pass this bill now,” said Hoeven. “We continue working to force the administration to secure the border and enforce our laws, and this is an important part of those efforts.”

Cosponsors of the legislation include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, John Boozman, Mike Braun, Shelley Moore Capito, John Cornyn, Tom Cotton, Kevin Cramer, Mike Crapo, Steve Daines, Deb Fischer, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Cynthia Lummis, Jerry Moran, Pete Ricketts, Jim Risch, Mike Rounds, Eric Schmitt, Rick Scott, Tim Scott, Thom Tillis, John Thune, Tommy Tuberville, and Roger Wicker.