Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte stated that the bills will “enhance public safety,” they will do the just the opposite: undermine public safety and make it even harder for local law enforcement to protect their residents and communities. In addition, the bills which were made public less than a week before the vote and completely bypassed theJudiciary Committee, include provisions that will result in violations of due process and the Fourth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. This does seem to be the status-quo now when Bills are presented at the 11th hour for voting without oversight, review or comment.
At a time when over 9 out 10 Americans support immigration reform and legalization of the
undocumented, Republican leadership is asking the House to vote on enforcement-only bills that will lead to more apprehensions, deportations, and prosecutions of thousands of immigrants and their families who have strong ties to the United States. Instead of criminalizing and
scapegoating immigrants, Congress should be offering workable reforms that will strengthen our
economy and our country.
H.R. 3003 would undermine public safety and interfere with local policing. H.R. 3003 would amend 8 U.S.C. §1373 to prevent states or localities from establishing laws or policies that prohibit or “in any way” restrict compliance with or cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. The bill dramatically expands 8 U.S.C. §1373 which is more narrowly written and prohibits local law enforcement from restricting the sharing and exchange of\ information with federal authorities, but only with respect to an individual’s citizenship or immigration status.
Rather than empowering localities, the extremely broad wording of H.R. 3003 would strip localities of the ability to enact common-sense crime prevention policies that ensure victims of crime will seek protection and report crimes. The bill would also undermine public safety by prohibiting DHS from honoring criminal warrants of communities deemed “sanctuary cities” if the individual being sought by local law enforcement has a final order of removal.
In other words, people will become afraid to report crimes. While it might be reported that crime is going down, that is not the case. It would be because people are afraid if they report the crimes that they will be detained and deported. Thus, criminals will get away with committing crimes (particularly domestic violence) and the victim will remain quiet and in fear of calling the police.
Under H.R. 3003, localities that fail to comply with federal immigration efforts are penalized with the denial of federal funding for critical law enforcement, national security, drug treatment, and crime victim initiatives, including the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Byrne JAG programs that provide hundreds of millions of dollars to localities nationwide.
Unfortunately, it is as though the administration believes there is nobody else out there committing crimes other than immigrants. It would be in the best interest of the foreign national to see if you qualify for a Motion to Reopen or other form of relief before these types of laws take effect.