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Law & Crime

"As a law enforcement officer for more than 13 years, I committed myself to fairly and compassionately enforcing the laws enacted by our elected officials. In Congress, I will use that experience to enact laws that bring much-needed change to our criminal justice and penitentiary systems, which often fail to help those who most need our support."

The United States ranks first among all nations with the largest percent of citizens incarcerated, and Louisiana consistently has the highest crime rates in the United States, as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism.

With both low high school graduation rates and a median income level well below the national average contributing to a high rate of poverty, Louisiana shows just why poverty should not be punished.

For too long our judicial system has punished the less fortunate for crimes of survival. The penitentiary system was never designed to be a punishment – it was instead intended to be a means of rehabilitation, providing a penitent person the means to become a productive member of society.

I will continue to strongly advocate for the much-needed reform of America’s prisons.

Additionally, I am committed to promoting programs that build communities’ trust in local law enforcement. Attacks on police have sharply increased in recent years, and in 2016 Louisiana ranked third in police fatalities nationwide.

To keep our communities safe, this matter must be addressed from all sides, by patriot Americans of every color and creed. In the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a loud voice for my brothers of the thin blue line and their families, who sacrifice so much to protect and serve. 

 

 

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July 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) bill H. Res. 990 today, affirming congressional support for Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and denouncing Democrats’ radical “abolish ICE” movement.

July 12, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security, is leading a coalition of House members to introduce legislation denouncing radical calls for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The resolution, H. Res. 990, has 51 original cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security, introduced a resolution today denouncing the radical calls for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) filed a companion resolution in the U.S. Senate.

May 16, 2018 Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 5242, the School Resource Officer Assessment Act. The bill is the first of Congressman Higgins' two school safety bills to advance for floor consideration.

Congressman Higgins’ remarks are below:

May 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Higgins’ bill, H.R. 5242 the School Resource Officer Assessment Act, today during National Police Week. The bill directs the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to compile data regarding the number and status of school resource officers assigned to public schools across America.

May 1, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins recently submitted two bills to Congress that would change the landscape of school security for the country’s 95,230 public schools.

House Resolution 5242 calls for collecting data on current school resource officers nationwide, while House Resolution 5523 requests the Department of Justice to create a set of tactical “best practices” for school resource officers. The combined legislation would create a new classification, “Tactical School Resource Officer.”