Sweeping immigration enforcement legislation passes House committee

Republicans in the House of Representatives are moving forward with sweeping immigration legislation that would crack down on sanctuary cities, hire thousands of new armed immigration officers and help facilitate President Donald Trump’s plans to deport undocumented residents.

The wide-ranging bill was approved this week by the House Judiciary Committee, with all 19 Republicans on the committee supporting it and all 13 Democrats opposing it.

Among a long list of other provisions, H.R. 2431 would transform an undocumented immigrant’s presence in the U.S. from a civil violation to a criminal misdemeanor with a potential 20-year prison sentence. It would essentially “turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said at a hearing last week.

Being alive would be a misdemeanor,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. “I can’t recall an immigration bill that was more extreme.”

The bill is named after two Sacramento-area law enforcement officers, Danny Oliver and Michael Davis Jr., who were fatally shot by an undocumented immigrant in 2014. Lofgren, arguing that it didn’t honor their legacy, introduced an amendment to rename the bill the “Trump Mass Deportation and Child Incarceration Act,” but she eventually pulled the amendment.

“It’s not hyperbole to say that it is one of the most anti-immigrant bills to be marked out of the Judiciary Committee in the history of the nation,”…

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