House Dems Intro Immigration Package in Response to Donald Trump
Lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a legislative package to counter the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement tactics and protect the rights of immigrants in the U.S. The bills include the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, which would prohibit immigration enforcement in “sensitive locations” such as courthouses, schools, community centers, and houses of worship; the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously Act, which would require the immediate reunification of children who were separated from their parent or legal guardian as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy; and the ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act, which would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers to wear body cameras and would make footage available for any legal proceedings. The legislative package was introduced by Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), José Serrano (D-NY),Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA). “President Trump has made the targeting of immigrants a central part of his administration’s policies while persistently [lobbying] bigoted, verbal attacks at immigrant communities,” said Espaillat. “What we witnessed during the State of the Union address was more of the same – criminalizing immigrants, promoting inhumane policies that separate children from their families and raid sensitive locations such as public schools and courthouses. My colleagues and I are introducing this series of bills, a legislative package that will protect immigrants, immigrant families, and hold the Trump administration accountable.” More here.