DAILY SIGNAL – Nearly three-fourths of House Democrats voted against a bill making illegal aliens deportable if they’re convicted of a DUI.
Some 150 House Democrats voted Thursday against a bill to allow the deportation of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
“In the United States, someone dies in a crash with an impaired driver every 45 minutes,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Barry Moore, R-Ala., told The Daily Signal in a statement Thursday.
“I lost two of my young newlywed constituents to an illegal immigrant driving under the influence of alcohol.”
“I’m proud to join with my House Republican colleagues to protect American families from more of these tragedies by passing legislation to deport illegal immigrants who have been caught driving impaired,” Moore added.
“It’s unfortunately not surprising that 150 Democrats opposed this legislation,” added Moore, the bill’s sponsor.
The bill, HR 6976, passed the House of Representatives 274-150, with seven members not voting.
The bill would “amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that aliens who have been convicted of, or who have committed an offense for, driving while intoxicated or impaired are inadmissible and deportable,” according to its text.
Every Republican voted for the bill, as did 59 Democrats. Many of the Democrats who voted for the bill have been identified by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as vulnerable in 2024, including Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger, Nevada’s Steven Horsford and Susie Lee, and Michigan’s Dan Kildee.
Many prominent Democrats voted against the measure, however:
California’s Adam Schiff; Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Maryland’s Jamie Raskin; Massachusetts’ Ayanna Pressley; Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib; Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar; Missouri’s Cori Bush; New York’s Jamaal Bowman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jerry Nadler; South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn; and Texas’ Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee all opposed the bill.