Post Date: June 18, 2013
FAMM President Julie Stewart sharply criticized provisions in an immigration reform bill that would create or expand mandatory minimum sentences. The bill, H.R. 2278, known as the Strengthen and Fortify Enhancement Act (or SAFE Act), was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 20 to 15 and now heads to the full House for consideration.
“Under current law, the non-citizen felons who commit the crimes targeted by this bill would serve short prison sentences and then be sent back to their native countries,” said Julie Stewart, FAMM president and founder. “If this bill were to pass, however, American taxpayers would be forced to pay millions more in taxes to keep these non-citizens in our federal prisons longer. Of all the mandatory minimum sentences Congress could create, these are some of the dumbest we’ve seen, for taxpayers and for public safety.”
The bill’s new mandatory minimum sentences include:
The bill also expands the coverage of several existing mandatory minimum sentences:
FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair, individualized, and proportionate sentences that fit the crime and the individual while protecting public safety. Learn more at www.famm.org.