House Judiciary Committee continues markup of harmful bills

This week the House Judiciary Committee will continue markup on a series of harmful immigration reform bills that they started work on earlier this month.  Included in this week’s markup are H.R.1148, The Michael David, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act and H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015.  H.R. 1148 unwisely delegates the enforcement of our national immigration laws to state and local law enforcement, while H.R. 1153 amends the William Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 so that unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in our country from violence in the Northern Triangle can be deported quickly by the U.S. Government.

These harmful bills, introduced in response to the President’s Executive Action on immigration, may proceed to the House floor should pass out of committee.  HIAS submitted written testimony on the consequences of these bills, which can be found here.

The Senate Judiciary Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts Subcommittee is also holding a hearing this week on the pending Texas vs. United States case that blocks the expansion of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), both part of the President’s Executive Action on immigration.