Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement after an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic wanted for First Degree Murder in Toronto was arrested in Franklin County, NY-21 by Border Patrol Agents.

“I am thankful for the agents and officers who arrested this dangerous criminal and kept him from causing harm to Franklin County residents. Joe Biden’s reckless open border and Kathy Hochul’s radical “Sanctuary State” policies have emboldened illegal immigrants to come to our country. Joe Biden and Far Left Albany Democrats are willingly sacrificing the safety and security of Upstate New York, the North Country, and communities nationwide by refusing to secure our border and handicapping our brave law enforcement from protecting law-abiding citizens. It is past time that Chuck Schumer passed, and Joe Biden signed into law the House Republicans’ Secure the Border Act, the strongest border security bill in our nation’s history to bring an immediate end to the full-fledged invasions occurring at our borders.”

In January 2024, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass a resolution condemning the Biden Administration’s open border policies, and the disregard of the national security and public safety crisis along our Southern Border. In May 2023, Congresswoman Stefanik and House Republicans passed the Secure the Border Act of 2023, fulfilling House Republicans' promise to the American people to deliver solutions to the Biden Administration’s border crisis.