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H.R. 2278 Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act— also know as The SAFE Act, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on June 18, 2013. The SAFE Act seeks to improve the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by preventing the Executive Branch from unilaterally halting federal enforcement efforts. To this end, the bill grants states and localities the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.

The granddaddy of them all, because it deals with Republicans’ big issue: border security. State and local law enforcement would have the power to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants, which is left up to the feds right now. State and local governments would also be able to write their own immigration laws and devise their own ways of civilly and criminally punishing the undocumented. It’d become a federal crime to be found in the country illegally (right now it’s a crime if you’re caught trying to enter). Federal border patrol agents would get body armor and weapons, and they’d be allowed to access federal lands near the border that are controlled by other federal agencies (such as the Department of the Interior) and that are off-limits to them now. All in all, its provisions are much more sweeping than the Senate bill’s, which primarily call for more fencing and more border patrol agents.

H.R. 2278: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.02278:

H.R. 2278: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-...ouse-bill/2278


Regarding H.R. 2278, the SAFE ACT ....

please begin a public discussion regarding each aspect of the SAFE ACT ..........

Ban Sanctuary Cities http://bit.ly/e9JPBy

Effect Secure Communities http://t.co/G1x7BtO - http://bit.ly/h5QQhQ

Illegal Immigrant Underground Economy http://bit.ly/H0uAQi

E-VERIFY FIRST E-VERIFY NOW http://bit.ly/15q9Axg - http://bit.ly/gO6lYf

How many illegal immigrants are actually in our United States? http://bit.ly/18jKLsA



the people

FOR
09-12-2013 Something GOOD the GOP is doing on Immigration http://bit.ly/13U9WxL

Better SAFE Than Sorry http://cis.org/better-safe-than-sorry

AGAINST
FROM THE LEFT: The SAFE Act, HR 2278, would oblige local and state police to cooperate with immigration enforcement efforts despite the wishes of state governments. It would criminalize the mere fact of being in the country without authorization, and would make it a criminal offense for anybody to provide housing or transportation to an undocumented immigrant. It would allow exclusion of many refugees or asylum seekers by wrongly classifying them as supporting terrorism. Homeland Security could deport people on mere suspicion of gang membership.

The SAFE Act greatly resembles the notorious Arizona Senate Bill 1070, and also the Sensenbrenner Bill of 2005, HR 4437, whose passage in the House stimulated the massive immigrants' rights demonstrations in many US cities the following year.

Exclusive-Man Whose Son Murdered by DREAMer Rescinds Backing of House GOP Enforcement Bill http://shar.es/zWzGE

Oppose H.R.2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act)
http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/...r2278-the.html
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