Democrats Attack President Trump For Enforcing Their Immigration Law
Feb 27, 2017 07:23 AM EST
The aforementioned law was 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the deportation law to be in effect this week. Democrats
Democrats called the enforcement of their own law to be obscene and un-American, Investor Business Daily reported. Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey called the policy as xenophobic, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York said the enactment of the law as mass deportation plan and Democrats will oppose the enforcement of the law.
Department of Homeland Security issued the guidance memo to re-enact the 1965 law on Tuesday, Feb. 21. According to CNN, the memo enforce the law signed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, which will lead to mass deportation of illegal immigrants.
With the enactment of the 52 years old law, President Trump and his administration continue to enforce strict rule to illegal and undocumented immigrant. Official from the Department of Homeland Security said the enforcement does not mean to immediately lead to massive round-up of undocumented immigrants.
"You will not see folks rounded up or anything of the sort," the Department of Homeland Security official said to respond allegation from Democrats. The guidance memo give authority to the state and local law enforcement officers to perform immigration officer function. Therefore, it will not require the deployment of National Guard to enforce the immigration law.
The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act is also known as Hart–Celler Act was enacted in 1968 by the U.S. Congress. The bill was proposed and sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Celler from New York and Senator Philip Hart from Michigan, along with Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy. President Johnson signed the bill on Oct. 3, 1965 and Congress enacted the bill on June 30, 1968.
Watch the remarks from then President Johnson in front of the Statue of Liberty upon the signing ceremony of the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act that change the demographics of America below: