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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Lujan Grisham Votes Against President's Immigration Bills that Make Communities Less Safe

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham voted against two bills that President Trump is pushing to give the federal government more power to punish immigrants with jail time, even if they don’t commit a crime.

“New Mexico communities will be less safe as a result of the President’s attempt to punish all immigrants and their families, rather than focus on violent criminals who pose a real threat to public safety,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said after voting against the bills.

“No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) 
“Law enforcement groups oppose this bill because it will undercut the ability of local police to keep communities safe,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “Local police departments, including many in New Mexico, would rather focus on fighting violent crime, not wasting time and resources to enforce immigration laws and sweeping up people with no criminal record.”

“Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004)
“I also oppose the President’s effort to criminalize immigrants who are guilty of nothing more than trying to keep their families intact,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “My heart goes out to family of the victim in that horrific murder in San Francisco. The offender will face justice for this murder. However, the President is exploiting a horrible tragedy. We all want violent offenders, whether they are here legally or not, to be held accountable under our criminal laws. But using tragedy as a political tool to justify mass deportation of all immigrants is shameful. Nobody should face up to a decade in prison only because of their immigration status, and not any sort of criminal act.”