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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

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