TODAY the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a set of immigration bills that collectively would enable and expand Trump’s mass deportation agenda.
Each of these bills drastically increases the power of federal and local immigration enforcement with the goals of restricting immigration and increasing deportation. This includes the revoking of visas and limiting of new visas, expansion of ICE, increased deportation of undocumented people, punishment for sanctuary cities, and arming of deportation officers with M-4 rifles. “If enacted, the bills would raise a host of constitutional concerns, undermining public safety and harming immigrants and U.S. citizens alike,” said Ronald Newman, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “They would also lead to significant, unnecessary federal spending and erode US values and norms. They would provide rocket fuel for President Trump’s mass deportation agenda.”
The first of these bills, H.R. 2431, the Davis-Oliver Act, would substantially increase the capabilities of federal and local immigration enforcement, including empowering state and local law enforcement to enact their own immigration laws and penalties.
The second bill, H.R. 2406, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Authorization Act of 2017, would increase the number of deportation officers (mandatory hiring of 2,500 more) and ensure that each one has access to an M-4 rifle “or equivalent.”
CALL TO ACTION
- Contact the office of the House Judiciary Committee RIGHT NOW and ask to leave a message for the Chairman and members of the committee.
House Judiciary Committee office: (202) 225-3951
What you can say (must be PERSONALIZED):
I’m calling today because I’m extremely concerned about the expansion of Trump’s mass deportation agenda through H.R.2431, the Davis-Oliver Act, and H.R. 2406, the ICE Authorization Act of 2017. I ask that [REP/SEN NAME OR COMMITTEE] vote against these harmful bill.
OPTIONAL: Share a personal story about why this matters to you, for example:
— I am an immigrant (and/or have immigrants in my family) that works hard to support my family and community, and I fear [I/they] will be targeted for harassment if this bill passes.
— Immigrants are an integral part of my workplace and community and they do not deserve unfair harassment.
— I believe diversity benefits us all and targeting of immigrant communities harms us all.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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