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Bill would block immigration raids at schools, courthouses

Posted: 4:25 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 19:28:53-04
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WASHINGTON D.C. (KGTV) -- Legislation introduced Thursday would block immigration enforcement actions at schools, hospitals and religious institutions, among other places.

According to a news release, the “Protecting Sensitive Locations Act” codifies the Department of Homeland Security’s existing policies.

The act requires that, with the exception of special circumstanced, ICE agents receive prior approval from a supervisor before engaging in enforcement actions at sensitive locations.

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The legislation also requires ICE agents to receive annual training and report annually regarding enforcement actions in those locations.

The legislation was introduced by Senators Kamala Harris and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, as well as 14 of their colleagues.

“The priority of law enforcement officers should be promoting the safety of the communities they protect, not rounding up immigrants at schools, hospitals, and places of worship,” Harris said in part.

The legislation is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).