Rep. Salmon introduces bill to deport illegal immigrants who break the law

 Earlier this year a man who was in the country illegally, shot and killed a young store clerk over a pack of cigarettes.

The fact that the shooter was a convicted criminal, who was let out on bond, poured salt in the wound for the victim's family.

Congressman Matt Salmon is putting forth a bill he says would prevent another tragedy like that from happening again.

Grant Ronnebeck was just 21-years-old working at the QuikTrip store in Mesa when Apolinar Altamirano allegedly gunned him down over a pack of cigarettes.

The killer was out on bond after being convicted of burglary.

"Had ICE not granted Mr. Altamirano bond, my son would be getting off work right now, heading home, maybe heading to a friend's house, or maybe going to do something with his brother, we may never know," said Steve Ronnebeck, Grant's father.

"This is real, and it's failed policy, and it is broken, and we have the responsibility to fix it," said Rep. Matt Salmon.

Congressman Matt Salmon just introduced HB2941 that aims to stop so-called catch and release practices. When illegal immigrants are caught for local crimes, but released to ICE during the deportation process.

"We believe this will go a long way in requiring ICE to do it's job, if they're released by local law enforcement, then they will be re-apprehended by ICE in custody," said Salmon.

The bill named "Grants Law" would require ICE to keep immigrants who commit certain crimes in our country, behind bars for at least 90 days, and puts the immigrants in the front of the line for deportation.

"It makes it possible to remove them before they have a chance to victimize another family," said Steve Ronnebeck.

The proposed law does not sit well with some pro-immigration activists.

"This bill is unnecessary, it's reinventing the wheel, why doesn't he just work with immigration so he can work on a program that is already there, that's trying to aim on deporting the criminal element, the most dangerous folks, because that is what we want," said immigration activist Lydia Guzman.

Meanwhile, Rep. Salmon expects Grant's bill will get plenty of support on both sides of the aisle.
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