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Mazie Hirono on Immigration

Democratic challenger; Representative (HI-2)

 


Why do we treat children of illegal immigrants as criminals?

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigrant family separations, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) was left "confused" after Matthew Albence, Executive Associate Director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explained how immigrants break the law if they cross the border illegally.

"These individuals are there because they have broken a law. There has to be a process," Albence replied.

"They have broken a law but only as deemed so by the president with his--," Hirono started to rebut.

"No ma'am. They are there for violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Nationality Act, U.S.C. 1325," Albence interjected. "That's illegal entry; it is both a criminal and civil violation. They are in those FRCs [Family Residential Centers] pending the outcome of that civil immigration process."

"My understanding is that under zero-tolerance, these are no longer civil proceedings, but in fact were criminal proceedings," Hirono said. "I'm confused," Hirono replied after a moment's hesitation.

Source: Independent Journal Review on 2018 Hawaii Senate race , Jul 31, 2018

Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported.

Hirono sponsored S.2540/H.R.4646

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents.
  • DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.
  • DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.
  • DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual.
  • DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services.
    Source: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 16-S2540 on Feb 11, 2016

    Opposes more border security, according to CC survey.

    Hirono opposes the CC survey question on border security

    The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Increase Border Security Including Additional Infrastructures ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

    Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-12 on Jul 1, 2018

    Terminate national emergency at the Southern border.

    Hirono voted YEA Joint Resolution on Proclamation 9844

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the national emergency declared by the finding of the President on February 15, 2019, in Proclamation 9844 is hereby terminated.

    Proclamation 9844 issued by the president on Feb. 15, 2019: Declares a state of national emergency at the southern border to address the issues of illegal immigration and criminal trafficking into the US: "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch's exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years. Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis."

    Opposing the Proclamation (supporting the Resolution), ACLU press release, 2/15/2019 The ACLU issued the following statement upon filing a lawsuit: "By the president's very own admission in the Rose Garden, there is no national emergency. He just grew impatient and frustrated with Congress, and decided to move along his promise for a border wall 'faster.' This is a patently illegal power grab that hurts American communities and flouts the checks and balances that are hallmarks of our democracy."

    Legislative outcome Passed House 245-182-5 roll #94 on Feb. 26; pass Senate 59-41 roll #49 on March 14; Vetoed by Pres. Trump; veto override failed, 248-181-3 (2/3 required), roll #127 on March 26

    Source: Supreme Court case 19-HJR46 argued on Feb 26, 2019

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