National Council of Jewish Women
1707 L Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20036-4206
Contact: Amanda Lang
Director of Marketing and Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the anti-immigrant Davis-Oliver Act, introduced in the House of Representatives, as inhumane and un-American. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“NCJW is steadfastly opposed to the Davis-Oliver Act, which should instead be known as the Trump Mass Deportation Act. It further stigmatizes immigrants, worsens their legal situation, and does absolutely nothing to contribute to a rational and humane solution to our immigration dilemmas.
“The bill would commandeer local police and law enforcement resources to identify any persons suspected of lacking legal status to reside in the US and deliver them to immigration authorities. It disrupts police-community relations that are critical to public safety and incentivizes racial profiling. Furthermore, it closely resembles a similar law enacted in Arizona, most of which has been ruled unconstitutional.
“The bill would massively expand the population of those who can be deported by broadening the scope of criminal convictions for which a noncitizen can be deported to include misdemeanors from long ago. It also mandates the hiring of 2,500 more ICE agents, 12,500 more detention or deportation officers, and 60 immigration prosecutors.
“Finally the bill eviscerates the minimal due process that now exists for those facing deportation. It would allow indefinite detention, which would negatively impact vulnerable populations, including asylum seekers; increase mandatory detention; and require added detention beds. The only beneficiaries would be the private prison companies reaping millions in additional profits.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.