Walz Votes to Defend Public Safety, Southern Minnesota Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004 on the House Floor:
“It goes without saying that anyone who commits heinous crimes must be brought to justice. Unfortunately, these misguided bills are blatant attacks on our immigrant communities. By imposing unnecessary sentences on people who pose no threat to our communities, H.R. 3004 wastes our taxpayer dollars while H.R. 3003 will only serve to hinder our local law enforcement from protecting those they serve from crime and violence.
“Our southern Minnesota communities, leaders and law enforcement officials understand that building and strengthening relationships between local police and the people they serve is critical to public safety. Instead of trying to hold federal funding for state and local governments hostage and demonize those in genuine search of a better life for their families in the United States, Republicans should be working with Democrats to advance comprehensive immigration reform that will strengthen our economy and our country.”