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senate Bill S. 1762

Five Year Mandatory Minimum Sentences for People Who Re-Enter the U.S. Illegally

Argument in favor

Longer prison sentences will help deter people who’ve been deported or barred from entering the U.S. from trying to illegally re-enter the country, and keep criminals off the streets.

BTSundra's Opinion
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01/07/2016
These people have already been deported once, and they deserve whatever the courts give them. Five years is a generously low amount of time for these dangerous criminals.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/09/2016
JUST ONE OF MANY REASONS: 10-times deported Mexican man accused of raping a child on a Greyhound bus Published October 17, 2016 A man from Mexico who had been deported 10 times in the last six years is behind bars on charges of raping a child on a Greyhound bus. Hays Post reported Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 41, sexually abused a 12-year-old girl while on Interstate 70, in Kansas' Geary County, late last month. http://www.hayspost.com/2016/10/06/sheriff-suspect-jailed-for-alleged-rape-on-bus-on-i-70/ “A Greyhound bus had made a stop in Kansas City and there was an alleged rape that occurred on the bus, however they had no idea where this rape took place,” Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf told Hays Post. Martinez-Maldonado also had a 2013 federal felony conviction for illegal re-entry into the country, according to information provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to The Kansas City Star. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article106987417.html The criminal complaint on the rape was filed on Sept. 30, the paper said. He was arrested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in Missouri and was turned over to ICE until charges were filed, the paper said. Martinez-Maldonado remains jailed on $100,000 bond. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/10/17/10-times-deported-mexican-man-accused-raping-child-on-greyhound-bus/
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Tylersmith's Opinion
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05/03/2016
All I hear about tax payers having to pay more, but we are getting illegals who do not pay taxes anyways and hurt our economy! This is great! It will teach people that if they want to enter our country they will have to do it legally and the right way or else they will have to suffer consequences.
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Argument opposed

Increasing prison terms for people who illegally re-enter the country will only keep U.S. prisons full and cost taxpayers more money to keep repeat offenders incarcerated.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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01/07/2016
Just what we need, more illegals in prison costing more tax payer dollars. There are better ways with dealing with immigration issues. The majority of illegal aliens are coming to the US to find work, such as working on a farm, etc. These rather non-threatening illegal aliens shouldn't be in prison for a minimum of five years for a repeated crossing. I would only support this bill if the prison population is decreased dramatically due to the legalization of marijuana and the adjustment of jail sentences for nonviolent crimes.
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Leo's Opinion
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01/07/2016
All this will do is increase the cost of running our already bloated prison system.
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William's Opinion
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01/07/2016
People we cannot afford economically who force themselves into this country need to be deported, and rarely deserve criminal punishment. Most undocumented immigrants come here in desperation for a job, and they should not be punished for that by spending tax dollars on our already overcrowded prison system. The whole point of them not getting their green card is that our public infrastructure cannot accommodate everyone, so how is the solution to spend more money to keep them in prison for non-criminal offenses?
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    These people have already been deported once, and they deserve whatever the courts give them. Five years is a generously low amount of time for these dangerous criminals.
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    Just what we need, more illegals in prison costing more tax payer dollars. There are better ways with dealing with immigration issues. The majority of illegal aliens are coming to the US to find work, such as working on a farm, etc. These rather non-threatening illegal aliens shouldn't be in prison for a minimum of five years for a repeated crossing. I would only support this bill if the prison population is decreased dramatically due to the legalization of marijuana and the adjustment of jail sentences for nonviolent crimes.
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    All this will do is increase the cost of running our already bloated prison system.
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    People we cannot afford economically who force themselves into this country need to be deported, and rarely deserve criminal punishment. Most undocumented immigrants come here in desperation for a job, and they should not be punished for that by spending tax dollars on our already overcrowded prison system. The whole point of them not getting their green card is that our public infrastructure cannot accommodate everyone, so how is the solution to spend more money to keep them in prison for non-criminal offenses?
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    What, we didn't learn anything from the mandatory minimums attached to the ""War on Drugs"!!
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    There's already a push to reduce or get rid of mandatory minimums in general and now someone wants to add another one for people whose only crime was wanting a better life, but not wanting to wait forever for immigration to give them a green card? Not only would this bill not help deter illegal immigration, it will lead to the ballooning of already overstuffed prison population and desperate innocent families even longer.
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    A mandatory minimum prison sentence for re-entry of an illegal immigrant is absurd to say the least. A reason to say yes to this is it will deter illegal immigrants from entering the US. I highly doubt that illegal immigrants are conscious of US law. Unless of course they are told in their native language that re-entry will lead to such punishment. The next question is, are American prisons better than the home country being left behind? It is not foolish to think that some may risk re entry despite the law because even if they are caught they will be treated much better in our prison systems than free in their home country. I can only see problems arising from this bill if it is passed. Our prison population is already at a tremendous number because of nonsensical and harsh laws. We may be financially better off in the long run repeatedly deporting individuals than keeping them in our prison systems. On a side note, if an individual repeatedly and illegally re enters our nation, doesn't it make sense to help them gain residency or citizenship? Won't we benefit more from that then keeping them in our prisons? There are many questions to be answered, but overall this bill is bad all around.
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    JUST ONE OF MANY REASONS: 10-times deported Mexican man accused of raping a child on a Greyhound bus Published October 17, 2016 A man from Mexico who had been deported 10 times in the last six years is behind bars on charges of raping a child on a Greyhound bus. Hays Post reported Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 41, sexually abused a 12-year-old girl while on Interstate 70, in Kansas' Geary County, late last month. http://www.hayspost.com/2016/10/06/sheriff-suspect-jailed-for-alleged-rape-on-bus-on-i-70/ “A Greyhound bus had made a stop in Kansas City and there was an alleged rape that occurred on the bus, however they had no idea where this rape took place,” Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf told Hays Post. Martinez-Maldonado also had a 2013 federal felony conviction for illegal re-entry into the country, according to information provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to The Kansas City Star. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article106987417.html The criminal complaint on the rape was filed on Sept. 30, the paper said. He was arrested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in Missouri and was turned over to ICE until charges were filed, the paper said. Martinez-Maldonado remains jailed on $100,000 bond. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/10/17/10-times-deported-mexican-man-accused-raping-child-on-greyhound-bus/
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    All I hear about tax payers having to pay more, but we are getting illegals who do not pay taxes anyways and hurt our economy! This is great! It will teach people that if they want to enter our country they will have to do it legally and the right way or else they will have to suffer consequences.
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    Let's follow Hillary's progressivisms by starting out with 5 years in prison and then deportation. If caught again, 10 years ... Then 20 ... Then 40 etc. But let's not overlook the cost in dollars when an abusers may rape, kill civilians while drunk and commit murders knowing the light sentences for illegals. In many cases, US criminals receive harsher sentences and don't have the option of deportation. I would also accept prosecution based on the illegals country of origin legal system. An illegal caught in Mexico serves very harsh sentences and lives in squalor and poor food.
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    If you break the law, you should be punished for doing so.
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    The GOP thinks longer prison terms are the answer to everything. Mainly because their owners who run the private prisons tell them it is.
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    We do not have the money to recklessly throw countless individuals in our already overcrowded prison system. With a tight US government budget, domestic spending needs to contribute to society - I can think of several other ways to blow through our tax money beyond this (education, infrastructure, anyone?). And conceptually speaking, the US is better than this, illegal entry or not. This is Ted Cruz's way of grandstanding for his presidential campaign, with his typical lack of regard for the collateral damage.
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    You have got to be kidding me. The cost of incarcerating one inmate for one year (fiscal 2010) is $31,307! Why on God's great green earth would we do this!? Did you know that if illegal immigrants are college graduates they use US welfare programs 2 times less than native citizens? Heres an idea, make them legal, use the money that would go to imprisoning them to subsidize education costs and let them pay taxes with their college grad jobs, thereby adding to our economy instead of costing almost $160,000 per person!
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    Stiffer sentences will deter some of these criminal illegals, but before this becomes successful we have to release our border patrol, and ICE and let them do their jobs. If it were up to me I would go further than 5 year mandatory sentences
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    As a former international student in the US, and future E-2 visa holder (hopefully), I have a very strong position on illegal immigration. Like everything, immigration laws are not perfect, but that does not imply that they may be broken, laws are laws. Because of people overstaying their Visas and jumping the southern border. People like me, whom has invested time and money getting a college degree in an American University, may not be able to start a new chapter in the US.
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    An american prison isn't a negative consequence to someone who is desperate. Prison provides free food, shelter, and clothing, at the expense of taxpayers. We'll feel the consequence, not them.
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    Imprisoning undocumented immigrants in U.S. prisons is a clear waste of taxpayers money, and even costs more than deportations.
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    We need to show that our laws are taken seriously.
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    Waste of tax dollars and the totally wrong way to combat this perceived issue.
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