Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Guarantee the right of undocumented immigrants to police protection.
The U.S. House of representatives will soon be debating an extreme immigration enforcement bill, titled the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act,” that would grant state and local authorities the power and legal obligation to investigate, identify and apprehend those suspected of being in the United States illegally. Any state that refuses to grant its officers this ability will be denied federal law enforcement funding. This law, and others like it, only make immigrants less likely to report crimes and put entire communities at risk.
Similar measures have already been passed in Alabama, where it was found that immigrants were much less likely to report crimes, even violent ones, to authorities who had the power to inquire after their immigration status and arrest them. Undocumented immigrants were already one of the most vulnerable and most often victimized portions of the population. With the “SAFE” act in effect, they will be rendered even more unsafe.
The “SAFE” act would also constitute a number of other abuses to the immigrant population. Under it, any immigrant could be arbitrarily and indefinitely detained, at the discretion of the Director of Homeland Security, in direct violation of international human rights law. It would also prevent the Department of Homeland Security from releasing illegal immigrants on bond, instead forcing the department to detain them while their case is being tried.
In addition to the blatant human rights abuses the “SAFE” act allows for, it also would come at a massive expense to taxpayers. and jeopardize the safety of every person in the U.S.. The House of Representatives must not pass this measure, or any similar ones put forward to it in the future.
Dear Speaker John Boehner,
The House will soon be considering HR 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act.” This bill would grant all local and state authorities the ability to question and arrest any person who they suspect of having immigrated to the United States illegally. The law would also allow authorities to detain undocumented immigrants for an indefinite period of time, in direct violation of international law regarding the humane treatment of criminals.
As was seen when Alabama passed a similar measure, this bill only discourages immigrants from reporting crimes to the police. This endangers the entire community. It is your responsibility as a servant of the people to use your influence as speaker to make sure this this measure is not passed.
[Your Name Here]
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