OCA Is Disappointed With House Vote to Pass Anti-Immigrant Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11 July 2017

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate

202-223-5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, D.C. - OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is disappointed with the passage of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) in the House of Representatives.

H.R. 3003 allows federal law enforcement grants to be taken away from cities that do not comply with Department of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) requests to detain immigrants. The bill also allows the DHS to withhold law enforcement and terrorism funding, prioritizing immigrant deportations over community protection. H.R. 3004 heightens criminal sentences for undocumented immigrants trying to reenter the United States. People trying to enter or reenter the U.S. who are seeking asylum or surrender themselves at the border are not protected and are at risk for prosecution for illegal entry or reentry. This bill also limits the ability of immigrants to challenge their removal from the U.S. In 2016, OCA, along with several other members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, sent a letter urging Senators to oppose these bills.

“We are disappointed that both bills passed the House. Together, the bills further cultivate a climate of intolerance and fear for the 1.5 million undocumented AAPIs in the United States. It is unfortunate that legislators are expanding the deportation at the expense of our communities’ safety,” said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs. “By removing funding from already financially strained local law enforcement agencies and forcing them to also comply with immigration enforcement, Congress is limiting the ability of our officers to prevent crime, intervene in acts of hate, and build trusting relationships with immigrant communities. OCA will continue to fight against policies criminalizing those who seek America as a place of refuge and compassion.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.)

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