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H.R. 3697 (115th): Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

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About the bill

Should the government be able to deport or detain immigrants who are suspected of gang membership, even if they haven’t been convicted of — or even arrested for — a crime?

A bill that passed the House last week would allow the government to do just that.

What the bill does

The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) would prevent non-Americans suspected of gang activity from coming to the U.S. It would also allow for the deportation or detainment of immigrants already here who are suspected of gang involvement.

Last fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed more than 2,000 suspected gang members from the country, but only after they were convicted of another crime. This legislation would allow for their potential ...

Sponsor and status

Barbara Comstock

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017
Length: 18 pages
Sep 7, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 14, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.



Sep 7, 2017

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Sep 14, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 3697 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3697. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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