February 21, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on President Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to the release of the Department of Homeland Security's new guidance on immigration enforcement:

"President Trump's plan for mass deportations is an affront to our values as Americans, and will strike fear in our immigrant communities that will harm our economy and public safety. These guidelines imply that all immigrants should be treated as criminals, regardless of their background or lack of criminal history, and will drain our local law enforcement resources because it makes them responsible for enforcing federal immigration law.

"Additionally, this indiscriminate enforcement will make our communities less safe because it creates a climate of fear that will make immigrant communities less likely to report crimes against themselves. Finally, these guidelines leave our nation's DREAMers with more questions about their future and in fear that any minor infraction, even unproven, could lead to their deportation. The Department of Homeland Security must provide clarity on what constitutes a violation of DACA under their new guidance.

"If we attack our immigrant community members, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues, we will never be the country we aspire to be."