February 17, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bill To Rescind Trump’s Massive Deportation Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and 18 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation to rescind President Trump’s Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to U.S. communities, penalizes sanctuary cities, and drives undocumented communities deeper into the shadows by charging local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.

“This executive order amounts to mass deportation, and that is not the way we should go about addressing the serious problems in our country’s immigration system,” Kaine said. “America is and always will be a nation of immigrants. Tearing families apart without a more comprehensive solution is inhumane and will only hurt our country. I encourage President Trump to seriously consider a bipartisan solution like the Senate’s 2013 comprehensive immigration bill.”  

Kaine and Cortez Masto joined Dick Durbin, Mazie Hirono, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Cory A. Booker, Christopher Coons, Tammy Duckworth, Al Franken, Kamala Harris, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen, Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden to introduce today’s bill.

View text of the legislation here.