Friday, June 30, 2017

CONYERS Floor Statement In Opposition Of H.R. 3004 "Kate's Law"

On June 29, 2017, the House considered and passed H.R. 3004, Kate's Law.

This bill is an anti-immigrant, enforcement-only proposal that represents yet another step in President Trump’s Mass Deportation plan.

This legislation significantly expands the federal government’s ability to prosecute individuals for illegal re-entry and attempted re-entry into the United States.

 My colleagues say this bill is about protecting us from criminals.

But don’t be fooled about the ultimate effect of this bill. It does far more than target immigrants with criminal histories.

 For the first time, this legislation would make it a felony for an individual who has been previously removed—or merely denied admission—to come to an official port of entry to ask to re-enter the country legally.

This is true even if the individual has no criminal history whatsoever.

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