Senator Cory Booker introduced a rather short and succinct bill with a title almost longer than the bill itself. The bill (S.54) is called the “Protect American Families from Unnecessary Registration and Deportation Act of 2017” or the “Protect American Families Act”. Not to wax too poetic, but the bill is almost beautiful with its six mini paragraphs. And while its brevity is certainly something worth noting, the content of the bill is what has caught my eye and is what we are focused on.
The heart of the bill states, “the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, or any other Federal department may not create or implement a law enforcement or national security program that requires, or has the effect of causing, people to register or check in on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship; and … no Federal funds may be used to create or implement an immigration registry or check-in program.” (truly that is it – check the bill out at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate bill/54/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S54%22%5D%7D&r=1). Thus this bill would prevent the creation of a Muslim registry, which was one of Mr. Trump’s campaign pledges, and as we are all learning Mr. Trump truly believes he has a mandate to fulfill his pledges (https://govtrackinsider.com/s-54-would-prevent-the-creation-of-a-registry-of-muslim-immigrants-f6fdb88987cc#.qoxw6dlts).
As noted earlier, this bill was introduced into the Senate and therefore needs to make it out of the Senate for it to have a chance at becoming law. There is a possibility some Republicans might support this bill given the public statements certain Republican Senators made against and the public uproar against the Executive Order Muslim ban. And this is where we come in….
The bill is currently in committee, and yes you guessed it – it is in the Judiciary committee, specifically the Immigration and the National Interest subcommittee on which our very own Senator Feinstein sits. So, let’s connect with Senator Feinstein and urge her to make a public statement about this bill, her voice is listened to by citizens in, as well as outside of CA, by the media and by her peers. She has the political clout to raise awareness about this bill, thus triggering constituents of Republicans who also sit on this subcommittee/committee to express their support. Stated slightly more succinctly, we want Senator Feinstein to speak up about this bill, we want to encourage her to shop this bill around, thus triggering a domino effect of support for the bill.