WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) reintroduced H.R. 241, the Timely Repatriation Act of 2017, to restrict diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a national ordered removed from the United States.
 
Under current law, when an alien commits a serious crime in the United States (including violent crimes) he or she must be repatriated back to their country of origin. However, in many cases this does not happen because the home countries either delay or refuse to accept and repatriate their nationals who have been issued removal orders by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As a result, these foreign nationals, some having been convicted of everything from petty crimes to murder, are free to stay in America. In many cases they go on to commit more crime and some have even murdered our citizens.
 
“The United States can no longer afford to give convicted foreign criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card. The safety of our own citizens is at stake.  The issue is that we cannot permanently detain criminals and their countries of origin refuse to take them back. It is time we make them. This is a dangerous and deadly hole in our immigration system. Our government must offer a proper incentive to these uncooperative nations who freely take our money, and turn around and disrespect our laws.  We should not be issuing diplomatic VISA’s to nations that refuse to cooperate with our government. Keeping their criminals here is endangering our own citizens.”