Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and other Republicans have introduced legislation aimed at stopping gang members from coming into the United States and also blocking them from applying for asylum, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting.
The bill is named Singh’s Law, in honor of slain California police officer Ronil Singh. An illegal immigrant allegedly gunned him down during a routine traffic stop.
According to the Free Beacon, the law would prevent people associated with criminal gangs and previously convicted of a crime from coming into the U.S. Illegal immigrants associated with gangs would also be barred from receiving asylum.
The proposed law is backed by Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Chuck Grassley if Iowa and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
“This bill is our attempt to honor Corporal Singh’s vast sacrifice and ensure our communities are better protected from illegal-alien gang members,” Cotton said Thursday.
And Tillis added: “We cannot allow illegal immigrants with known gang affiliations to stay in the U.S. or receive asylum,” Tillis said. “This much-needed legislation will provide law enforcement with more tools and resources to combat criminal gangs and help keep our communities safe.”