Lawmaker proposes legislation for undocumented immigrants

March 23, 2009 5:09:05 PM PDT
Congressman Mark Kirk says thousands of gang members being held in U.S. prisons are undocumented immigrants.Kirk says this costs taxpayers more than a billion dollars a year. So he's proposing the Gang Removal Act which would require that gang members be deported if they're convicted of any felonies or any criminal misdemeanors involving weapons, ammunition, child pornography or illegal narcotics.

"Nationwide we have over 55,000 convicted, criminal aliens in U.S. jails. On average, they've been arrested eight times each," said Rep. Mark Kirk, (R) Northern Suburbs.

Kirk says he's not targeting immigrants from any particular ethnic group. He says his focus is on those who commit crimes.