Democrats are using the 2019 budget debate to block the deportations of economic migrants who get past border guards while allowing the deportations of some dangerous criminals.
The goal was sketched in a statement from Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who is part of the 17-member committee now trying to draft a 2019 budget for the Department of Homeland Security. She represents a Los Angeles district where almost 90 percent of the population is Latino, and which likely includes many illegal migrants who face possible deportation.
Her statement said:
For far too long, the Trump administration has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies. A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country.”
… Right now, the Trump administration is pursuing an out-of-control deportation policy focused on removing immigrants with no criminal records, many of whom have deep roots in their communities. This approach is cruel and wrong...