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Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Anti-Immigrant Bills Passed by House

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Washington, June 29, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, issued the following statement about her votes today against H.R. 3003, the so-called “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” and H.R. 3004, the so-called “Kate’s Law,” both of which passed the House of Representatives:
“Today, the House approved two punitive, anti-immigrant bills: H.R. 3003, the so-called “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” and H.R. 3004, the so-called “Kate’s Law.”  These cruel and unnecessary bills help to convert Donald Trump's vicious immigration rhetoric into policy that threatens the safety of our country and our communities.

“H.R. 3003 coerces states and localities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, and bans them from receiving crucial federal funds if these jurisdictions don't comply.  The bill also expands DHS's authority to detain individuals, even allowing them to be held in detention indefinitely, a provision which may violate the Fourth Amendment.

“H.R. 3004 expands prosecutions for individuals for unauthorized re-entry and attempted re-entry into the United States.  Under this bill, even asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking could be prosecuted by the federal government for simply entering the country.  It would even allow prosecution of individuals who seek to re-enter the U.S. with legal authorization to do so.

“These bills do clear and direct damage to America's safety and America's values.  We do not make America more secure by holding ransom local law enforcement funds that keep us safe.  We don’t fight crime by making residents less likely to report crime.  We do not honor America's humanitarian history by prosecuting asylum seekers and human trafficking victims.  We do not honor family values by keeping immigrant families separated.  We do not preserve America's strength as a thriving nation of immigrants by encouraging fear of those who have come to make our nation stronger.  We do not preserve, protect, and defend the US Constitution by letting law enforcement flout the Fourth Amendment, or by detaining individuals indefinitely.

“These bills leave American communities less protected in the face of threats large and small.  These bills insult America's reputation as a welcoming beacon for every nation, race, and faith.  We must keep America safe, but we will not do so by demonizing and persecuting innocent immigrants.  We need a sensible immigration policy, not one rooted in fear and hate.  I call on Republicans to join me and my Democratic colleagues in developing a comprehensive immigration reform plan that keeps our borders secure, addresses the need for temporary workers, resolves the status of DREAMers and millions of other undocumented immigrants, and provides a path to citizenship.”

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