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Two New House Bills Support Trump's Racial Profiling, Mass Incarceration and Demonizing Immigrants Agenda. Roger Algase

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Two leading members of the House Judiciary Committee, Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, (R-Virginia) have introduced nightmare "immigration enforcement" bills which would give massive support to the agenda which Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions have been promoting that would lead to increased racial profiling, mass incarceration and demonizing immigrants in general as criminals, terrorists, fraudsters and people who take away jobs from Americans.

The two bills, by vastly increasing the size of Trump's "Deportation Force" and, in the case of the Labrador Bill, authorizing state and local governments to enact their own anti-immigrant legislation along the lines of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law and the recently passed, arguably even worse, Texas S.B.4 law, would come even closer to actualizing the long held goals of an anti-immigrant movement which has never accepted the demographic changes brought about by the immigration reform law of 1965 abolishing the "Nordics"-only "national origin" racially motivated immigration quotas of the 1924 Johnson-Reed Act.

Attorney General Sessions, in particular, as a Senator, had high praise for the 1924 law as a basis for current US immigration policy.

Summaries of both bills are posted on the official website of the House Judiciary Committee

www.judiciary.house.gov

A news story about the two bills is also available at:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politi...use-committee/

The Labrador bill is called:

The Michael Davis, Jr. And Danny Oliver In Honor Of State And Local Law Enforcement Act

The Goodlatte bill is called:

H.R. 2406, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act.

In addition to the dangerous and destructive provision authorizing state and local governments to enact own ant-immigrant legislation, mentioned above, the Labrador bill would do the following (again based on the official summary - I have not seen the full text):

1) Contains provisions punishing "Sanctuary" cities and states by cutting off their DOJ and DHS grants, and exposing them to private lawsuits;

2) Makes it easier to detain and deport drunk drivers, among other "criminal aliens";

3) Makes it more difficult for foreign citizens to obtain legal visas by imposing extra layers of security screening, including social media checks. This could, potentially, give consular officers even more excuses for arbitrary visa denials based primarily on nationality or religion, as well as slowing down the visa process in general;

4) In a major move toward making Trump's much vaunted "Deportation Force" a reality, the bill also provides for hiring an additional 12,500 ICE officers and for (according to the summary) "strengthening their ability to make arrests", i.e. create even more fear and panic in immigrant communities than there has been at present in the first four months of the "Donald Trump Era".

According to the official summary, the Goodlatte bill would:

i) "...ensure that ICE is dedicated to enforcing all immigration laws, not just a select few", i.e. that ICE does not leave anyone out of its mass deportation dragnet;

ii) Beefs up ICE's investigation responsibilities, including, among other things, worksite enforcement and "immigration benefits and document fraud". This appears to be intended to put ICE further into the business of not only deporting unauthorized and criminal immigrants, but also intimidating and harassing employers and other sponsors of legal visas in order to discourage them from hiring immigrants. As Donald Trump said: "Hire American" (or go to jail)?

iii) In connection with item ii) above, the Goodlatte bill would set up a division within ICE to be called Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This division would be tasked with responsibility for, among other things, "identifying, apprehending, detaining and removing aliens unlawfully present" regardless of whether or not they have any criminal history or otherwise pose a danger to public safety.

iv) In support of the above, the Goodlatte bill would also provide for major increases in Trump's Deportation Force, to the tune of 10,000 more ICE deportation officers and 2,500 detention officers.

v) In addition, the Goodlatte bill codifies Trump's VOICE office, whose only real purpose is to publicize alleged crimes committed by or charged against immigrants. This is in the same spirit as that of the notorious German 1930's and 1940's publication "Der Stuermer", which did the same thing with regard to alleged crimes committed by Jews, and whose director, Julius Streicher, was ultimately executed as a war criminal.

The above highlights from the summaries of these bills do not detract from the fact that certain specific features of the bills may, arguably, be marginally useful in providing protection not already contained in our strict immigration laws against dangerous criminals and potential terrorists.

But the language of the bills (again on the basis of the provided summaries - the bills themselves reportedly amount to some 200 pages) lumps all immigrants together with the criminals and terrorists (as well as drunk drivers, "fraudsters" and "job stealers") in order to demonize America's primarily Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern and black immigrants as undesirable in America in every way imaginable.

America's law enforcement officers will not fail to get the message that immigrants from parts of the world other than Europe are no longer wanted or welcome in Donald Trump's America; and federal, state and local police police will have carte blanche to go after immigrants in any way they wish, as much as they want.

As the propaganda saying in Germany during the above mentioned period (1933-1945) went:

Die Juden sind unser Unglueck! ("The Jews are our misfortune!")

The same spirit of antagonism toward the great majority of America's immigrants, including those who have legal status in this country as well as those who do not, runs throughout the above two immigration bills.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world receive work visas and green cards without regard to ethnicity, religion or nationality. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 05-19-2017 at 08:44 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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