Rep. Julia Brownley:
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her/him to oppose HR 3697, the so-called "Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act." This bill would give Homeland Security sweeping power to label immigrants as "gang members" and deport them without a court challenge. Even those who are fleeing gang violence could be affected! Trump's deportation machine is going after everyone -- people who have committed petty misdemeanors, and innocent people who are mistaken for someone else or are in the vicinity of an ICE arrest. This bill goes way too far in helping Trump achieve his goals. Thank you!
The House of Representatives is set for a vote on HR 3697 as early as Tuesday. The bill's misleading title hides its intent: amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to give the Department of Homeland Security sweeping authority to decide who is (or might have been, no matter how long ago) a "gang member," and deport those persons without the opportunity for a legal challenge.
The bill would allow DHS to designate any undocumented immigrant who commits an "immigration offense" -- including merely harboring another undocumented person -- as a "gang member." The attorney general and secretary of Homeland Security would have the authority to label nonviolent and petty offenders as gang members, whether the designation was true or not, and with no statute of limitations on the crimes committed.
Anyone targeted for deportation under the new law would have to appeal the case not in a neutral court, but to Homeland Security -- the same agency responsible for the designation. (An "act of Congress" is the only other recourse.) In effect, there would be no way for such a person to challenge an arbitrary decision ... one that has been implemented by an agency of Trump's government, bent on deporting as many undocumented immigrants as possible.
This bill creates the legal authority to launch a wave of deportations that cannot be challenged in court.