Sending Office: Honorable Barbara Lee
Stop Enforcement Action at Areas Deemed “Sensitive” in FY2019 DHS Budget
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DEADLINE: Friday March 16, 2018 COB
We urge you to join us in requesting langauge in the Fiscal Year (FY) 19 Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would prohibit appropriated funds from being used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection for enforcement
action at areas deemed “sensitive.”
Our communities have been deeply impacted by ICE’s drastically increased enforcement operations under this current administration. Arrests of individuals with no criminal convictions up by 156 percent. Without discretion and oversight, these enforcement
operations have found their way into formerly sacred spaces, including places of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters, courthouses, and sites of public protest.
Children are afraid to leave their homes for school, and victims of violence and assault are afraid of approaching law enforcement. This escalation in enforcement has only served to alienate our communities and promote a culture of fear.
Join us in ensuring that the FY 2019 DHS bill protects the sanctity of sensitive locations.
José E. Serrano
Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
Dear Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:
As you develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, we respectfully request the inclusion of the
bill language below to codify stated agency polices at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection pertaining to enforcement action at areas deemed “sensitive.”
While report language was included in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which acknowledges current ICE policy states that enforcement actions at sensitive locations should be avoided, this runs counter to a
recent dramatic increase in enforcement activity in such areas. ICE’s enforcement operations have skyrocketed in scope and breadth, with arrests of individuals with no criminal convictions up by 156 percent under this current administration. With new policies
in place that abandon the notion of prosecutorial discretion, these enforcement operations have increasingly encroached upon once sacred places in our society: homeless shelters, hospitals, courthouses, and sites of public protest.
These increased actions have had a negative effect on the communities that we represent. Children are afraid to go to school, and ICE Enforcement action at courthouses have already resulted in fewer victims reporting crimes like domestic violence and sexual
assault. This misguided, anti-immigrant policy of ramping up enforcement will only serve to alienate communities and make all our communities less safe. That is why we request the Committee include the following language in its FY 2019 Department of Homeland
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection, except in the case of agents: 1) executing a judicial warrant, and 2) under exigent circumstances, to conduct raids
or other immigration enforcement activities against persons unlawfully present in the United States at or within 1,000 feet of any of the following locations: (1) Public and private preschools; public and private elementary or secondary schools; postsecondary
schools, including colleges and universities; other institutions of learning, including trade and vocational schools; and scholastic or education-related activities or events; (2) Bus stops; (3) Licensed adult or child day care facilities; (4) Any medical
treatment or health care facility, including hospitals, community health centers, and health clinics; (5) Federal, State, or local courthouses, including the office of an individual’s legal counsel or representative, and probation offices; (6) Congressional
district offices; (7) Public assistance offices; (8) Social Security offices; (9) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices; (10) Locations of any organization that assists children, pregnant women, victims of crime or abuse, or individuals with significant
mental or physical disabilities, including domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, supervised visitation centers, family justice centers, and victims services providers; (11) Locations of organizations that provide disaster or emergency social services
and assistance, including food banks and homeless shelters; (12) Sites of funerals, weddings, or other public religious ceremonies; (13) Places of religious worship, including but not limited to churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras, and buildings rented
for the purpose of religious services; (14) Indoor and outdoor premises of departments of motor vehicles; (15) a community center; (16) site of a public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade; (17) site of other public gatherings where parents and
children are in attendance, such as a festival or fair; and (18) any other location that could reasonably be viewed as sensitive in nature.”
We appreciate you consideration of this very important request.
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