Congressman Matt Gaetz Introduces “PANDEMIC Act” to Deport All Illegal Aliens During National Pandemic

May 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) this week filed the “PANDEMIC Act,” which mandates the deportation of all illegal aliens held in the United States when a national emergency related to a communicable disease is declared. The “PANDEMIC Act” is an acronym that stands for “Protect American Nationals During Emergencies by Mitigating the Immigration Crisis Act.”

 

Congressman Gaetz unveiled the PANDEMIC Act on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday evening. The PANDEMIC Act is a bill in direct response to H.R. 6537, a bill introduced by Democrats Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), which requires the release of illegal aliens when a national emergency is declared related to a communicable disease.

 

“Democrats are taking advantage of a national pandemic by working to advance their radical agenda at the expense of Americans’ safety and well-being. It is unconscionable that at a time when we should be working together as Americans, Democrats are working to socially engineer our country and advance their legislative priorities. The PANDEMIC Act puts Americans first by requiring that all illegal aliens be deported during a pandemic, ensuring our resources are used to benefit and protect American citizens,” said Congressman Matt Gaetz.

 

Video of Rep. Gaetz’s appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is available below. Text of the “PANDEMIC Act” may be found HERE or below.

 

 

LEGISLATION TEXT

 

To require the removal of aliens in detention during a national emergency related to a communicable disease, and for other purposes.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Protect American Nationals During Emergencies by Mitigating the Immigration Crisis Act’’ or the ‘‘PANDEMIC Act’’.

 

SEC. 2. EXPEDITED REMOVAL OF DETAINED ALIENS DURING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY RELATED TO A COM.

 

(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any unlawfully present alien who is detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a national emergency related to a communicable disease (regardless of whether the alien was taken into custody before or during the national emergency related to a communicable disease) shall be removed from the United States in a manner which eliminates the need for additional detention at any processing center of the Department of Homeland Security and in a manner which assures expeditious removal.

 

(b) APPLICABILITY TO CRIMINAL ALIENS.—Sub-section (a) shall not apply with respect to an alien against whom charges for a crime of violence are pending.

 

SEC. 3. DEFINITION.

 

In this Act:

 

(1) The term ‘‘national emergency related to a communicable disease’’ means—

 

  1. an emergency involving Federal primary responsibility determined to exist by the President under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)) with respect to a communicable disease; or

 

  1. a national emergency declared by the President under the National Emergency Act (50 U.S.C. 1610 et seq.) with respect to a communicable disease.

 

(2) The term ‘‘alien’’ has the meaning given the term under section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101).

 

(3) The term ‘‘crime of violence’’ has the meaning given the term under section 16 of title 18, United States Code.

 

 

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