Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 16, 2024

House Passes Bill to Deport Migrants Who Assault Police

A new bill targeting the deportation of illegal immigrants who assault police officers has passed the House of Representatives. A bill named the Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act passed with a vote of 265 to 148.

According to Fox News, the legislation, led by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., mandates that federal authorities detain illegal immigrants who assault officers until their deportation. The vote took place on Wednesday evening, with 54 Democrats siding with the GOP in support of the bill.

Bill Coincides with National Police Week

Rep. Van Drew said the bill was introduced in February. The passage of this legislation coincides with National Police Week, highlighting ongoing concerns regarding illegal immigration and law enforcement safety.

The bill will create a new category for migrant inadmissibility concerning illegal immigrants accused of assaulting police officers. Recent incidents have drawn significant attention to assaults by illegal immigrants on law enforcement.

In a statement in February, Rep. Van Drew expressed strong support for the bill, saying, "There is no reason that an illegal alien who attacks our law enforcement should remain in our country; that shows zero respect for our rule of law or our institutions, and they will not be positive contributors to society."

House Democrats Vote Against Bill

While the bill saw bipartisan support, with 54 Democrats voting in favor, 148 House Democrats voted against it. Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., criticized the opposition. He told Fox News Digital, "House Democrats just voted to protect violent, illegal immigrants over our brave law enforcement officers."

Supporters of the bill argue that it is necessary to protect law enforcement officers and uphold the rule of law. Opponents, however, express concerns about its potential for broad application and its impact on immigrant communities.

Recent Incidents Highlight Concerns

Several recent incidents have underscored the issues addressed by the Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act. In late January, a video surfaced showing illegal immigrants attacking NYPD officers in Times Square. This incident brought national attention to the dangers faced by police officers from certain segments of the immigrant population.

In early March, another tragic incident occurred when an illegal immigrant was accused of killing a Washington State Patrol trooper in a highway crash. These events have fueled the debate over immigration enforcement and the protection of law enforcement officers.

Van Drew's Leadership in Introducing the Bill

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., has been a vocal advocate for the bill since its introduction. His leadership has been instrumental in bringing the legislation to the forefront of the House's agenda. Van Drew has consistently emphasized the importance of supporting law enforcement and ensuring that those who threaten their safety are held accountable.

Van Drew's statement in February encapsulates the sentiment driving the bill: "There is no reason that an illegal alien who attacks our law enforcement should remain in our country." His commitment to this issue has garnered significant support from his colleagues and law enforcement advocacy groups.


The House of Representatives has passed the Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act, led by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, amid National Police Week, aiming to mandate the detention and deportation of illegal immigrants who assault police officers.

The bill, which received bipartisan support but was opposed by most House Democrats, responds to recent violent incidents involving illegal immigrants. As it progresses, the debate over its implications and effectiveness will persist, reflecting broader discussions on immigration policy and law enforcement safety in the U.S.

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