Congress has recently reviewed legislation that would burden taxpayers and harm the livelihoods and well-being of countless immigrants nationwide. The recent group of legislative proposals, which include the “Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act” and bills for the USCIS and ICE, would act as the opening maneuvers of a massive and costly war on undocumented immigrants.
Attorney Lloyd Bennett and the New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has opposed this legislation from the start. “I have advocated on Capitol Hill for necessary reforms to America’s outdated immigration system and to prevent policies that would hurt New Jersey like mass deportations, but these bills unfortunately show that Congress hasn’t yet listened,” he stated in a press release.
Mr. Bennett went on to criticize the bills for undermining public safety, trampling the Constitution, and wasting countless millions in taxpayer dollars. In a recent blog, we mentioned that ICE spent $3.2 billion on deportations in 2016—money that enabled 240,000 deportations, a far cry from the 2-3 million that the Trump administration is proposing.
The New Jersey immigration lawyer went on to say in his statement that these bills are clearly a second attempt at creating the “deportation machine” that Trump wanted Congress to pay for a few weeks ago during the funding bill’s passage. The administration’s proposal would require the government to set aside billions in spending on detention and additional ICE agents.
“We need Congress to pass immigration reform that ensures America has smart, fair laws that will keep families together and help build our economy,” he says.
The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. will continue fighting for the rights and well-being of immigrations throughout New Jersey. Like the Union City mayor, our office is committed to helping our communities—not criminalizing them. We do not intend to let the Statue of Liberty’s promise be rendered meaningless.
If you have questions about how recent policies may affect your own immigration case, call our office at (800) 909-8129 to get the answers you need.