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On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will begin to markup a series of cruel, costly, and chaotic immigration bills that would enable and expand the Trump mass deportation agenda, despite the massive consequences and costs to America already on display due to the Trump Administration’s extremism.
Hindering rather than helping public safety, ripping apart stable American families, and wreaking economic havoc, Trump’s mass deportation strategy undermines our values and sows chaos. Now, House Republicans are seeking to put that grim approach into overdrive. The bills set for markup on Thursday don’t offer any solutions to improve and reform our immigration system, but they do move Trump and House Republicans closer to their goals of sowing maximum fear among immigrants and deporting whomever they can get their hands on.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:
Congress should serve as a check, not a facilitator, for a Trump Administration that has zero credibility and is bent on carrying out a radical and un-American immigration crackdown. Instead, House Republicans are seeking to enable and expand this radical vision. The Trump deportation strategy doesn’t enhance community safety, it undermines public safety for all. Instead of focusing enforcement against those who are actual public safety threats, the Trump Administration is going afteranyone and everyone they come across, sending the message that all immigrants should live in fear. Now, House Republicans are advancing legislation that would mean more chaos, more families separated, and no benefit to public safety. Democrats, and Republicans who purport to want to live up to American values and reform immigration system, should not give one more ounce of authority or one more dollar to this Administration.
Specifically, the House Judiciary Committee is seeking to advance the following package of bills: the Davis-Oliver Act (formerly known as The SAFE Act); the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2407); and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act (H.R. 2406). As Elise Foley of HuffPost characterized:
The House Judiciary Committee is set to mark up multiple immigration bills on Thursday, including one from committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would facilitate mass deportations. Borrowing from past legislation to bolster Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the bill would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officers to have access to not just standard-issue handguns and stun guns, but also M-4 rifles or equivalents. The little-noticed legislation is one of four immigration-related bills that the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider, two of them specifically focused on ICE, the third on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the fourth on human trafficking. If passed, they would give the Trump administration more resources to deport immigrants and make it easier to do so.