Rep. Cook Co-Sponsors Bill to Fund Border Wall
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) signed on as a co-sponsor for HR 7059, the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018.
The bill, which was introduced by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), contains several provisions to combat illegal immigration and includes $23.4 billion in new funding to provide border security and fully fund a border wall between the US and Mexico.
In addition to providing border wall funding, the bill also includes a provision which would rein in municipalities that fail to comply with federal immigration laws and provide sanctuary for dangerous criminals who are here illegally. Under this bill, those jurisdictions would lose eligibility for certain federal grants.
HR 7059 also includes Kate’s Law, legislation that would raise the maximum sentences for criminal aliens who illegally reenter the United States to between 10 years and 25 years in federal prison, depending on the alien’s criminal history. In addition, this bill ensures that alien gang members are kept off our streets by barring them from coming to the United States and detaining and removing them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity. The bill makes it clear that criminal alien gang members are not eligible for immigration benefits, such as asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and temporary protected status.
Rep. Cook said, “This legislation provides comprehensive border security by fully funding a border wall and ensuring that we’re not only stopping dangerous criminals from coming here illegally, but we’re also bringing to justice the ones who are already here. As the founder of the Stop Sanctuary Laws Caucus, I’m especially happy to see that this bill sends a clear message to local jurisdictions that they can’t thumb their nose at federal immigration laws. I thank Leader McCarthy for introducing this legislation and am pleased to be a co-sponsor.”
The full text of the bill can be found here.
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.