CAPS Goes to Capitol Hill

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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October 30, 2015

Californians for Population Stabilization went to Capitol Hill recently to lobby the state’s U.S. representatives and to represent the organization at various immigration enforcement-related meetings.

Top on the CAPS agenda was reviving legislation that would defund sanctuary cities, defeated in the Senate, and advancing Rep. Brian Babin’s H.R. 3314, a bill written to suspend the refugee resettlement program until the Government Accountability Office analyzes refugees’ cost burden on taxpayers. Since President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, nearly 500,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S.

Stolen lives quilt memorializes victims murdered by illegal aliens.

CAPS also attended a heartbreaking Remembrance Project press conference. The family members whose loved ones were murdered by criminal aliens told their individual stories (extensive list here). They are frustrated and angered by the steadfast refusal of Congress to pass a law that would mandate complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers which would result in the deportation of convicted felons. Instead, the felons are released into the general public after their sentences have been served. Rep. Babin said that the stories “pained him,” and when thanked for joining the conference he added that he considered it “his duty” to attend. Although invited, the mainstream media was conspicuously absent.

Maria Espinoza, the Remembrance Project national director, told the audience that she had once met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and on another occasion with former Attorney General Eric Holder where she was joined by Brian Terry’s family. Despite pleas from those who lost their loved ones, nothing came from those meetings. Watch Espinoza address a Washington, D.C., audience here.

November 1 is the National Remembrance Day for Victims Killed by Illegal Aliens. Espinoza recommends that Americans hold vigils, and contact their local pastors to ask if they can engage their church congregations in a prayer for the victims, their families and America.

Please contact Congress to demand that sanctuary cities be abolished, and urge your representative to cosponsor H.R. 3314.

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