Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa


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King Introduces Four Immigration Bills, Including Sarah’s Law

Jan 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing four immigration bills at the start of the 115th Congress: Sarah’s Law, Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017, Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017 and New IDEA Act.

Sarah’s Law:

“Sarah Root, a 21 year-old girl from Iowa who graduated from Bellvue University with a 4.0 degree in crime investigation was abruptly killed by a 19 year-old illegal immigrant,” said King. “Her life ended the day after her college graduation and by an individual who never should have been in the United States. Her murderer, Eswin Mejia, had previously encountered law enforcement but was released back onto the streets without punishment, and following Sarah’s death, he was once again arrested and released – bonded out for less than the funeral costs to bury Sarah. Sarah’s Law requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take into custody all illegal aliens who have been charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. Sarah and her family deserve justice. My bill will save lives and ensure their lack of closure never happens to another family.”

To read Mr. King’s op-ed detailing more about Sarah Root’s story and his time spent with her family, click here.

To view Sarah’s Law, click here.

H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017:

“A Century ago, it didn’t matter very much that a simple practice began that has now grown into a massive issue of birthright citizenship or the anchor baby agenda,” said King. “When automatic citizenship started being granted to all babies born in the United States, our lawmakers missed the clause in the 14th Amendment that says, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ So once the practice began, it grew out of proportion and today between 340,000 and 750,000 babies are born in America each year that get automatic citizenship even though both parents are illegal. I know of no other country in the world that does this, and it must end. My Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017 fixes it, clarifies the 14th Amendment and clarifies the Constitutional meaning of the clause, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ President-elect Trump repeatedly called for this bill, and it should be a top priority in Congress. ”

To view Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017, click here.

Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017:

“In 1990, Congress created the R-1 nonimmigrant visa for religious workers,” said King. “This was created to help religious workers like priests, ministers, monks, nuns and other religious workers to come to the U.S. for up to three years to work for religious organizations. What started at a moderate growth rate for admissions has now skyrocketed, and the most infamous of these acceptances was Sheik Omar Abdul-Rahman, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing. The United States has the most generous immigration policy in the world. However, our generosity is being repaid with fraud and abuse. All U.S. religious workers should have the same access to a foreign country as that country’s religious workers have to the U.S. In the true spirit of Thomas Jefferson, this sets up a reciprocating agreement and an exchange of Korans and Bibles.”

To view Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017, click here.

New IDEA Act:

“I believe we must shut off the job magnets that encourage illegal immigrants from coming to the United States,” said King. “I have authored New IDEA, the Illegal Deduction Elimination Act, which would protect American jobs for American workers. New IDEA would make wages and benefits paid to illegal workers nondeductible for federal tax purposes. For example, a $10-per-hour wage for an illegal employee would cost the employer $16-per-hour without deductions plus penalty and interest. This would dramatically reduce the cheap labor incentive of hiring illegal workers. New IDEA would also make E-Verify permanent and provide ‘safe harbor’ for employers who use this employment eligibility system. My legislation would also create an information-sharing system between the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. By using an automated system to verify employment authorization, and by sharing this information amongst three federal agencies, false identification documents and illegal workers will be identified more easily and the agencies of government would be required to coordinate and cooperate with each other. This legislation will do more to shut off the job magnet than any legislation proposed in the history of Congress. ”

To view the New IDEA Act, click here.

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