ACTION ALERT: HARMFUL AMENDMENTS FOR SURVIVORS ON HOUSE DHS APPROPRIATION BILL
The House of Representatives has begun floor debates on the amendments to Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, HR 240.
All of the amendments are problematic and we would prefer a bill with NO amendments, but the Anderholt and DeSantis amendments in particular would have harmful effects on immigrant survivors of violence and ignore the best interests of victims and their children. Specifically,
- The Anderholt Amendment will increase victim fear of deportation and make them less likely to report crimes committed against them as a result of local law enforcement entanglement with ICE in implementing the Secure Communities Program.
- The DeSantis Amendment removes DHS discretion to consider the needs of immigrant victims who may have been wrongly accused, pled guilty to or been unfairly convicted of domestic violence charges.
The National Taskforce to End Domestic and Sexual Violence has written a letter opposing these amendments
Ask them to vote against these amendments. It is especially important that House leadership and members in moderate districts hear from you (see below) but all members should know that you are watching what they do. Thanks!
What to say (sample)
“I am a voter from [City, State] and I work with immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Please vote NO on the Anderholt and DeSantis Amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, HR 240. These amendments will harm vulnerable immigrant domestic violence victims and discourage them from reporting crimes committed against them.”