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This week, the House of Representatives will vote on two separate pieces of anti-immigrant legislation sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chair and longtime immigration opponent Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law.”
These bills would supercharge President Trump’s costly and cruel approach to immigration by scapegoating immigrants; undercutting local law enforcement and prosecution efforts; giving even more authority to immigration enforcement agencies ICE and DHS; and ramping up deportations beyond the currently outrageous levels.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:
The immigration enforcement approach championed by the Trump Administration and embodied by Bob Goodlatte’s bills would harm, rather than help, public safety. Indiscriminate deportations and targeting deeply-rooted families is not only contrary to who we are as a nation, but contrary to good law enforcement practices. Despite the costs and consequences already on display throughout the country, House Republicans are poised to put the Trump Administration’s existing cruel approach into overdrive.
Below are primers on the two Goodlatte bills. The House is likely to take votes on Goodlatte’s bills later this week.
As International Association of Chiefs of Police has said: “Penalizing communities by withholding assistance funding to law enforcement agencies and other critical programs is counterproductive to our shared mission of reducing violent crime and keeping our communities safe.” And Jonathan Thompson, CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association, noted: “The vast majority of sheriffs … want to cooperate with ICE, want to cooperate with DHS. But they want to do so in a way that is constitutional and protects the rights of everyone involved, including victims. Especially victims.”
[W]ithholding needed assistance to law enforcement agencies – which have no policymaking role – also hurts public safety efforts … It is unjust to penalize law enforcement and the citizens they serve because Congress disagrees with their enforcement priorities with respect to our nation’s immigration laws … On behalf of more than 330,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, I want to urge the House to reject H.R. 3003’s punitive approach and work with law enforcement to find a better way to improve public safety in our communities.