Abel Arango served time in prison for armed robbery. Since Cuba wouldn't take him back, he was released. He then went on to shoot Ft. Myers, Florida police officer Andrew Widman in the face. Officer Widman never had the opportunity to draw his weapon. The husband and father of three died at the scene.
The Keep Our Communities Safe Act accepts the Supreme Court’s invitation and will keep dangerous criminal immigrants off of streets. Contrary to Ms. Murphy’s claim, the bill only specifies that a small segment of criminal immigrants may be detained for extended periods. These individuals include dangerous criminal immigrants and individuals who are threats to national security. And their cases can be reviewed every six months.
One of the most fundamental responsibilities of the federal government is to protect its citizens. We cannot continue to let dangerous criminal immigrants slip through the cracks of our legal justice system. While we are too late to prevent some tragedies, Congress can act now to prevent others from happening.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
-Victim: Officer Andrew Widman, Fort Myers Police Department
On July 18, 2008, Officer Widman responded to a domestic disturbance call at a local convenience store, when Cuban national Abel Arango turned on Officer Widman and shot him to death.
The illegal alien who was then shot and killed by other officers, was actually ordered to be deported in 2000.
Officer Widman, 30 left behind a wife and three children.