Bill Text: TX HCR19 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Urging Congress to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-11 - Referred to State Affairs [HCR19 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HCR19-Introduced.html
  87R6392 BHH-D
 
  By: Reynolds H.C.R. No. 19
 
 
 
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
         WHEREAS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has
  strayed far from its original mission, gaining a disturbing
  reputation as a mass-deportation strike force incompatible with
  democracy and human rights; and
         WHEREAS, In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks against our
  nation, ICE was established to promote national security by
  preventing "acts of terrorism by targeting the people, money, and
  materials that support terrorist and criminal activities"; the
  agency grew wildly in subsequent years, losing its focus as its
  budget ballooned with multimillion dollar contracts for private
  companies backed by swarms of lobbyists; and
         WHEREAS, Today, some 8,000 ICE agents are tasked with
  locating, arresting, detaining, and removing undocumented
  immigrants; only about 6,000 are involved in tracking the
  terrorists and transnational crime syndicates that present a grave
  peril to the nation and its people; these agents in ICE's Homeland
  Security Investigations division combat money laundering, drug
  trafficking, human smuggling, child exploitation, and cybercrimes;
  in counter-proliferation operations, they target individuals
  attempting to smuggle military and high-tech equipment out of the
  country; HSI has also been involved in such complex, high-profile
  cases as the takedown of the nefarious Silk Road website and the
  arrest and capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo"
  Guzmán Loera; and
         WHEREAS, In June 2018, 19 special agents in charge of
  regional HSI offices submitted a letter to the secretary of
  Homeland Security requesting that their division be spun off from
  ICE, stating that their work has been undermined by ICE's
  controversial detention and deportation policies; they cited a
  breakdown in partnerships with local law enforcement officials, who
  question the independence of their agency in light of aggressive
  measures against immigration; such actions include targeting
  families at churches and schools, conducting massive raids,
  arresting undocumented workers for minor offenses, and breaking up
  families by sending longtime U.S. residents to countries they
  hardly know; and
         WHEREAS, While resources are directed away from agents
  dedicated to national security, ICE exercises increased
  surveillance of communities of color and immigrant communities;
  moreover, its draconian detention policies have filled the coffers
  of companies that run for-profit facilities with a long, troubling
  history of lax oversight, unsafe conditions, and grotesque
  mistreatment, as documented by the DHS Office of Inspector General;
  in the 2019 fiscal year alone, ICE detained more than 510,000
  immigrants, 81 percent of whom were held in such private
  facilities, costing taxpayers millions of dollars; and
         WHEREAS, Before the creation of ICE, immigration violations
  were handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which
  was part of the Department of Justice and worked closely with the
  Department of Labor; the inclusion of these functions under ICE has
  led to the deprioritization of transnational crime fighting while
  framing immigration, historically an engine of economic
  development and societal enrichment, as a national security threat;
  ICE has become a bloated agency tainted by controversy and largely
  unmoored from its original purpose, and the responsible path
  forward is to transfer its critical national security functions and
  develop a more humane and effective immigration system that
  complies with constitutional protections, domestic law, and
  binding international treaties; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 87th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to abolish U.S.
  Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.
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