Today immigrant families spoke against two bills at a hearing in Lansing.
‘Michigan United’ held a press conference outside the capitol before the hearing to support the families who feel they would be threatened by these policies.
The bills target so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ in Michigan and if approved, house bills 4083 and 4090 would give local law enforcement the power to ask for people for their immigration status. That means anyone who suspects a person of being undocumented could report them and police would have the right to hold them until federal immigration arrives.
Supporters of the bills say it would force police to crack down on illegals, but opponents say racial profiling will increase and immigrants would be afraid to report crimes.
“I think we have a lot more things to focus on in the state of Michigan. our budget season is here, we have a lot to do around education, we have a lot to do around our roads– this is pointless legislation that we’re seeing here today,” State House Democrat Alex Garza said.
Tonight those bills have passed House committees, but still need to be voted on by the full legislature and Governor Whitmer.