Reichert Statement on House Immigration Bills

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a law enforcement veteran of 33 years, released the following statement after supporting H.R. 3004 and voting against H.R. 3003.

“We must send a clear message to anyone determined to cause harm that they will face serious consequences,” said Rep. Reichert. “I supported Kate’s Law because it holds criminals accountable and enhances these consequences. Increasing penalties for criminal offenders will serve as a strong deterrent and will make our communities and families safer.”

“I could not support today’s vote to cut COPS funding because, simply put, it punishes law enforcement. They are just trying to do their job. Police and community relationships are severely strained today and law enforcement is continually being asked to do more with less. The men and woman who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families need our support now more than ever. All criminals must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, but withholding critical dollars for law enforcement agencies that are already facing hiring shortages and a lack of resources for equipment and training will only result in putting more burdens on the very people who are willing to risk everything to keep our communities safe. We would not have sanctuary cities and be punishing law enforcement if Congress had done our job and come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”