Elizabeth Warren Calls for Decriminalizing Border Crossings
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday referred to as for decriminalizing unlawful border crossings and restructuring regulation enforcement companies.
In a weblog submit revealed on Medium, the 2020 presidential candidate unveiled a proposal to repeal a statute enacted in 1929 which made unauthorized entries into the United States a misdemeanor.
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“This additional criminal provision is totally unnecessary for border security, and for a century, it was rarely enforced. But since the early 2000s, it has been used to build and sustain a massive immigration detention complex,” wrote Warren.
The regulation, referred to as Section 1325, obtained extra widespread consideration after 2020 candidate Julián Castro referred to as for its annulment in his “People First Immigration” plan and throughout the first night time of Democratic debates final month. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have all subsequently backed treating border crossings as a civil offense, reasonably than a felony motion.
Warren additionally reiterated her previous proposal to get rid of non-public prisons and referred to as for a separation between regulation enforcement and immigration companies.
“When law enforcement is forced to also handle immigration violations, people are less willing to report crimes for fear of revealing their immigration status,” stated the candidate. “I’ll expand programs that grant protections to immigrant victims of serious crimes who come forward and assist law enforcement. And I’ll end programs like 287(g) and ‘Secure Communities’ that force local cops to enforce federal immigration laws so they can focus on effectively serving their communities.”