House Democrats are introducing legislation that would require all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to wear body cameras in order to protect the rights of illegal aliens, as deportation and enforcement efforts soar under President Trump.
The bill, known as the ICE Body Camera Act, was introduced on Friday by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and received the backing of 18 Democratic co-sponsors, reports The Hill.
Clarke posted the following on Facebook:
“The bill would mandate that ICE develops procedures for training agents and deploying body cameras – including the storage of digital information obtained through the cameras – and would require ICE agents to start wearing body cameras within eighteen months.”
Clarke and other Democrats have allegedly expressed concern that illegal immigrants might be abused as the Trump administration seeks to deport them.
“As Donald Trump has dramatically expanded the number of undocumented Americans who are a priority for deportation, many immigrants in Brooklyn and across the United States now fear a knock on the door in the middle of the night or checkpoints on their drive home from work,” she said in a press release.
“These immigrants, as well as advocates, are concerned about the possibility of abuse, particularly when individuals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have only severely limited access to attorneys and to the due process of law,” Clarke continued. “We need to establish procedures that protect their rights.”
An increasing number of police officers throughout the U.S. are wearing body cameras in order to ensure people’s rights are being protected. Clarke believes we should “apply this same approach to immigration enforcement.” She added, “Immigrants and their families are entitled to respect for their humanity and to the full rights guaranteed under the law.”
H/T: The Hill
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