President Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and his travel ban have gotten plenty of news coverage.
But the Republican-led Congress is also integral to creating immigration policy, and it’s started to move forward on several bills in the last few weeks that would penalize states and individuals that don’t aid federal efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants.
One, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would withhold federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law, named after a San Francisco woman killed by an undocumented man, would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who were previously deported.
Those measures will have to get through the Senate, where California Sen. Kamala Harris has quickly become an outspoken opponent of Republicans’ immigration policies.
The former state attorney general introduced as her very first legislative effort in the Senate a bill that “would provide access to lawyers for anyone held or detained while trying to enter the United States,” according to USA Today.
In her first Senate floor speech, she emphasized her experience navigating immigration and criminal justice issues in California: “As a prosecutor, I can tell you, it is a serious mistake to conflate criminal justice policy with immigration policy as if they are the same thing. They are not,” she said.
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I support Sen. Harris but I'm surprised by her pro-polygraph stance. There are several reports that a polygraph is far from an accurate test and actually easy to beat if you do the research--which is why it's been outlawed
in the private sector.
If anything, this process is a factor in why we've hired potentially violent law enforcement officers as passing a polygraph opens more questions about their ability to stay calm (or lie) under the wrong circumstances. I could go on but this 16 min podcast ep does a good job at summarizing: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-2-pants-on-fire/id809264944?i=1000257541956&mt=2
@philip piel Focus friend. The subjects are the future and the short-fingered fellow. Obama and Bush are the past.
@philip piel "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."