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Last night, the House Judiciary Committee passed the “SAFE Act”, H.R. 2278. If enacted, the “SAFE Act” will lead to the rampant expansion of racial profiling, unconstitutional arrests, and mass detention and deportations. It will criminalize over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and funnel more immigrants into our detention and deportation system than ever before. The “SAFE Act” is single-minded in its focus to expand immigration enforcement and detention and stands in the way of fair, just, and commonsense approaches to immigration reform endorsed by 73% of Americans.
Three Things You Can Do to Oppose the SAFE Act
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) introduced the “SAFE Act” H.R. 2278 in the House, and the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up the bill TODAY, Tuesday, June 18.
If enacted, the SAFE Act’s single-minded focus on immigration enforcement will increase detentions and deportations and create an environment of rampant racial profiling and unconstitutional detentions without fixing the immigration system’s fundamental problems. If the SAFE Act passes, it would also be disastrous for the bipartisan efforts to win just immigration reform.
URGENT Action Needed to Stop Dramatic Expansion of Detention and Deportation
We just learned that the House Judiciary Committee will review and debate the “SAFE Act,” introduced by Rep. Gowdy (R-SC), on Tuesday June 18th.
If enacted, the SAFE Act will dramatically increase detentions and deportations and create an environment of rampant racial profiling and unconstitutional detentions without fixing the immigration system’s problems. If the SAFE Act passes, it would also be disastrous for the bipartisan efforts to win just immigration reform. Please see this analysis from DWN members National Immigrant Law Center and Immigrant Justice Network.
Summary of H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act”
(The SAFE Act)
The SAFE Act was introduced in June 2013 by the House of Representatives’ Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) with the support of the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). If enacted, the SAFE Act’s single-minded focus on immigration enforcement will increase in detentions and deportations, and create an environment of rampant racial profiling and unconstitutional detentions without fixing the immigration system’s problems. Below is a summary of key sections of the SAFE Act.
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Immigrant Families Mark Father’s Day with Protests, Other Actions Nationwide
Actions to Remind Congress of the Thousands of Fathers Separated From Their Families
For millions of immigrant families, Father’s Day is a reminder of the cruel separation of their families at the hands of the broken immigration system. Mass enforcement, detention and deportation continue to tear our families and communities apart. Every day in the U.S. 1,500 fathers, mothers, children and friends are taken away and locked-up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Immigrant communities across the country will hold “Father’s Day is for Families” actions to remind Congress and the Obama administration that family separations must end now. Family unity must be a vital part of any immigration reform legislation.
Listen via @AFSC_org: Deported without warning – How the loss of a father in Newark is affecting a community
In the middle of May 2013, Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa. The family he left behind—including a girlfriend and two children—are struggling with his absence, unsure of their future or his fate. Hear the story of this family, and hear how the AFSC community in Newark is speaking out against his deportation and others that tear apart families.
You can read AFSC staff member Elissa Steglich’s account of Kofi’s deportation Witness to a Family’s Tragedy.
Produced by Madeline Schaefer.