Thu May 18, 2023 AT 10:08 AM EDT
Illegal immigrants convicted of assaulting a police officer could be immediately deported from the country under a new bill the House passed Wednesday.
The Protect Our Law Enforcement With Immigration Control and Enforcement Act would make it a deportable offense to assault law enforcement officers while they are conducting official business. All Republicans and 36 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, easily surpassing the 218 votes needed for passage.
The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and the White House has come out in opposition to the bill.
“There should be no ambiguity that assaulting a police officer is a deportable offense for non-citizens,” said Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., who introduced the bill. Read Full Story