House Passes Measure to Give Local Police Immigration Enforcement Authority, Limit Injunctive Relief

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06092158 (posted Sep. 21, 2006)"

The House, on 9/21/06, passed a second harsh enforcement bill with provisions lifted from Rep. Sensenbrenner’s H.R. 4437. Like H.R. 4437 itself, the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 (H.R. 6095) endangers due process rights and does little to make our nation more secure. Among other things, the bill would give state and local police the authority to investigate, arrest, and detain noncitizens for civil violations of immigration status, and would severely limit the power of federal courts to grant injunctive relief in civil immigration proceedings.

See the Related Link for a detailed summary of the bill. The measure passed on a vote of 277-140 under a closed rule, which precluded any amendments from being offered on the floor.

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