148 House Democrats vote against bill to deport migrants who assault cops


A bill aimed at booting illegal immigrants out of the U.S. if they assault a police officer passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening.

It’s one of several pieces of legislation that House Republican leaders are putting up for a vote this week as part of national Police Week.

The bill passed in a 265 to 148 vote with 54 Democrats voting with the GOP.

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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries

A significant number of House Democrats, who are led by Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, shunned the House GOP’s bill (Getty Images)

The bill is called the Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act and is led by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J. 

He said in February when the bill was being introduced, “There is no reason that an illegal alien who attacks our law enforcement should remain in our country; that shows zero respect for our rule of law or our institutions, and they will not be positive contributors to society.”

The bill would require undocumented migrants be detained by federal authorities until they can be deported. It would also “create a new category for migrant inadmissibility” specifically dealing with migrants who were accused of assaulting police, Van Drew said.

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Times Square brawl

This image from video provided by the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney shows a brawl between New York City Police Department officers and migrants in Times Square, on Jan. 27, 2024.  (Manhattan District Attorney via AP)

The No. 3 House Republican, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., told Fox News Digital when the bill passed, “House Democrats just voted to protest violent, illegal immigrants over our brave law enforcement officers. Once again, the Democrat Party proves they are the most anti-law enforcement party in history.”

It comes after several instances of migrants attacking police have gained national attention recently, as the country continues to grapple with the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border.

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Speaker Mike Johnson

Speaker Mike Johnson is having the House vote on a host of Police Week-related bills (Getty Images)

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A group of migrants were caught on video violently attacking two New York City police officers in the heart of its tourist industry, Times Square, in late January.

And in early March, a man who came to the U.S. illegally was accused of killing a Washington State Patrol Trooper when he crashed into him on an interstate highway, according to Fox 13.



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