Rohrabacher Legislation Punishes Countries who Refuse to Extradite Cop Killers and Murderers Back to the United States

May 22, 2003
Press Release

Washington, May 22, 2003 - It is absolutely horrifying to think the United States has no penalities for countries who refuse to extradite criminals such as cop killers back to the United States. While the tragic case of David March, a Los Angeles County Sheriff gunned down by an illegal alien who fled to Mexico, is very much on the minds of everyone in southern California, this situation has been going on for years. Germany, Canada and France are some of the other countries who have refused to extradite vicious criminals back to our country to face justice.

House resolutions and lots of angry talk will never convince these countries to do the right thing. However, punishing them financially will. I introduced H.R. 2259 to forbid any country or any private company financing a project in that country from obtaining any loan or financial assistance from any international bank that the United States helps fund with taxpayer dollars if that country refuses to extradite criminals who have committed a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death. This includes Export-Import Bank of the United States, the North American Development Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Many private companies turn to these banks, banks that receive American taxpayer support, to fund projects to benefit countries that harbor criminals who have committed the most heinous and violent acts against US citizens. Simply as a matter of justice we should not be asking taxpayers to fund projects in countries that succor those who have committed crimes against our citizens. But more than that, this provides a real penalty for countries who think they may snub our extradition requests with impunity. Currently, the United States has no recourse other than public pressure, to which the governments of these countries are mostly immune. However, knowing that the loss of billions and billions of dollars in loans and financing would be the result of harboring violent fugitives would help these governments come to their senses.

You can read the text of H.R. 2259 here for more information. Not only can we punish countries who refuse to honor our extradition requests, in my view we have an obligation to the American public to do so.