Simon Lazarus & Tom Jawetz

Simon Lazarus is Senior Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Tom Jawetz is Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress.

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The House Has Passed a Bill That Could Create a National Deportation Machine

And no one seems to be paying attention.

AP Photo/Eric Gay, File
AP Photo/Eric Gay, File Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border in Karnes City, Texas. O n July 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City handed down a decision in a case brought by a U.S. citizen who, mistakenly and unlawfully, had been imprisoned by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a “removable alien” for nearly three and a half years. The case focused on what was just the latest in an unending stream of detentions that have displayed flagrant disregard for fundamental constitutional safeguards by federal immigration officials and local law enforcement officials acting at their direction. Unfortunately, a bill pending before the Senate, already passed earlier this summer by the House, could magnify the abuse endemic in our immigration enforcement system. The transparent design of this “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” is to erect a legal...