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The Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act: A Step in the Wrong Direction

March 04, 2014

House Judiciary to Mark Up Congresswoman Black’s Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) has scheduled a markup Wednesday morning of the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, sponsored by GOP Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-06).

The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds for critical immigration positions within the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including Public Advocate and Deputy Assistant Director of Custody Programs.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding Wednesday’s committee markup:

“Immigration reform is a top priority nationwide. Members of both parties, including Chairman Goodlatte, have gone on the record in favor of fixing our broken immigration system.

“Tomorrow’s markup is a step in the wrong direction. Rather than signaling a desire to move forward, it entertains an effort to make our immigrant detention system more dysfunctional by cutting critical positions.

“It’s time that our representatives stop playing politics by putting forward unnecessary proposals and get back to the business of passing the bipartisan reform that millions of Americans want.”

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