As an immigration attorney committed to a fair and workable immigration system, I’m deeply concerned that the U.S. House may bring HR 2278, the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, to the floor for a vote. This is an extreme and regressive piece of legislation that would establish a deportation-only approach that leaders from both parties have rejected. It would criminalize undocumented immigrants, massively increase detention and enforcement costs, and do nothing to actually fix our broken immigration system.
States and cities could investigate, arrest and detain people for any immigration violation and could even create their own penalties for federal immigration violations.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected these ideas last year when it reviewed Arizona’s controversial “show me your papers” law. This not only is bad for immigrants, it’s bad for the economy, public safety and our communities.
Elizabeth Pines, Miami Beach