Blackburn, Hagerty, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Deport Illegal Immigrants That Commit DUIs

March 4, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and colleagues in introducing the Protect Our Communities From DUIs Act, legislation to both prevent illegal immigrants who have committed a DUI  from entering the U.S. and to automatically deport illegal immigrants who commit a DUI within the United States.

President Joe Biden has said that he would fire ICE agents who deport illegal aliens for committing DUIs because, in his view, ICE agents should “only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s been committed, and I do not count drunk driving as a felony.”

“President Biden’s open border policies have incentivized lawlessness and turned every state into a border state. Last week alone, we have seen an uptick in avoidable violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants with prior records. This legislation by Senator Hagerty takes an important step toward restoring law and order by requiring the immediate deportation of illegal immigrants who endanger communities by driving under the influence,” said Senator Blackburn.

“Our nation is seeing a surge in violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and they are not being held accountable. It is unconscionable that illegal immigrants that break our laws and endanger our communities are allowed to remain in the U.S. President Biden and Democrats’ willingness to pursue far-left immigration policies at the expense of Americans’ safety must end, and I’m pleased to introduce this commonsense legislation that would strengthen our ability to hold illegal immigrants accountable and protect our citizens,” said Senator Hagerty.

Representative Barry Moore (R-Ala.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the House with the support of all Republicans and 59 Democrats.


The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Deb Fisher (R-Neb.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

The full text of the legislation is here.