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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Congressman Gene Green Opposes Anti-Immigrant Legislation Passed in the House of Representatives

June 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) issued the following statement after voting against the anti-immigrant legislation, H.R. 3003 – No Sanctuary for Criminals Act:

“The legislation passed by the Republican Majority today is another attack against immigrant communities and communities of color in my state and throughout the country. This misguided legislation would strip critical federal funding for local police agencies, such as the COPS grants, that do not comply with federal immigration detainers. Doing so will only undermine public safety in our communities in Houston and Harris County.”

“Our local law enforcement officers for Houston PD and Harris County Sheriffs are responsible for protecting the people of our great city and upholding our local laws. They are not, nor should they become, de facto federal immigration agents. The U.S. Constitution is clear that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, and not the states or local governments.”

“Requiring local police officers to enforce federal immigration law will not only violate our 200-year-old system of federalism but will tear apart the trust our local police and sheriffs have built with our communities. Our police and sheriffs should protect our homes and families, not serve as immigration agents.”