2017-07-05 / Political Page

Crowley Statement On Passage Of ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Bills In The House

John Toscano

House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) described two bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives as anti-immigrant bills, and included legislation that would “strip New York City of critical federal funding because of its status as a sanctuary city.” Crowley stated:

“Neither of these bills would make Americans safer, improve our broken immigration system, or bolster relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials. In fact, the Republicans’ attacks against sanctuary cities would put Americans at risk by withholding federal funding from cities like New York (that are used) to combat terrorism.

“These bills would also only further codify the dangerous and hateful rhetoric we’ve seen coming from President Trump’s administration. We must stand against policies that unfairly demonize our immigrant communities and instead focus on continuing the American tradition of welcoming those who come to our country to improve their lives and contribute to our communities.”

Crowley added, “Kate’s Law would further criminalize repeated denials of entry into the U.S., making it harder for people coming here on employment visas, for family needs, or even seeking asylum to be treated fairly.” He concluded, “The ‘No Sanctuary for Criminals Act’ would remove some federal funding for sanctuary cities in a misguided attempt to subject cities and localities to restrictive federal immigration policies and turn local law enforcement into a deportation force.”

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