Better SAFE Than Sorry
In June the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that aims to enhance public safety and national security through more effective immigration law enforcement within the country as well as at the borders. Known as the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, the bill was sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is chairman of the Immigration and Border Security sub-committee. In addition to shoring up many parts of immigration law to help prevent the entry of criminals and terrorists and to remove them when they are discovered, the bill facilitates cooperation between local law enforcement and federal agencies in enforcement. Our analysis finds that the SAFE Act, in contrast to the more widely hyped Senate bill, would reverse the recent steep decline in interior enforcement and especially the decline in removals of criminal aliens.