McCaul: 'Very Disappointing' Gorsuch Sided With Liberal Justices in Key Immigration Vote
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said it's "very disappointing" that Justice Neil Gorsuch provided the decisive vote Tuesday in a Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision that made it easier to deport immigrants convicted of violent crimes.
Gorsuch agreed with his liberal colleagues that a clause in federal law allowing the deportation of foreigners found guilty of "a crime of violence" is unconstitutional because it is overly vague.
The decision is a loss for Trump's administration and comes amid an ongoing focus on immigration by President Trump.
Trump tweeted a response Tuesday evening, calling on the House and Senate to pass a legislative fix "to ensure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society."
....Congress – House and Senate must quickly pass a legislative fix to ensure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society. Keep America Safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2018
On "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday, McCaul said Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Count pick, has made it more difficult to deport criminal illegal aliens.
He said the court's decision reinforces the importance of his proposed legislation, the Securing America’s Future Act, which bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes reforms to legal immigration programs, secures the border and provides a legislative solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
"I think it just puts more urgency on Congress to act now, to get this bill passed in the Congress and signed into law," McCaul said. "Time is not on our side, and the clock's ticking."