March 21, 2024

Young Supports Laken Riley Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined a group of Senate Republican colleagues in supporting the Laken Riley Act, the Senate companion to H.R. 7511, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month.  

The Laken Riley Act would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest illegal immigrants who commit theft, burglary, larceny, or shoplifting offenses and would mandate that these illegal immigrants are detained until they are removed from the United States so they cannot reoffend and commit further crimes. Additionally, the legislation would ensure that states have standing to bring civil actions against federal officials who refuse to enforce immigration law or who violate the law.

Senator Young spoke about the life of Laken Riley on the Senate floor last week. 

“To Laken’s family and friends, your fellow Americans grieve with you and we are saddened by your loss. We pray and hope that, in time, you will find comfort in the example that Laken leaves behind. But let me add my voice to the chorus of voices in emphasizing that words of condolence aren’t enough. No, far better for us to honor Laken’s life by doing everything, everything within our power to ensure that no other family endures this tragedy,” said Senator Young, in his floor remarks. 

Young called on President Biden to reverse his open border policies and prioritize the security of the southern border. 

To watch Young’s speech, click here