Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
Legislative Alert: Senate Resolution 0013
February 16, 2017
Primary Sponsor: David Knezek (D-District 5)
Other Sponsors: Curtis Hertel (D- District 23), Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-District 6); Steven Bieda (D-District 9); Ian Conyers (D-District 4); Rebekah Warren (D-District 18); Vincent Gregory (D-District 11); Morris W. Hood, III (D-District 3); Jim Ananich (D-District 27); Coleman A. Young, II (D-District 1); Bert Johnson (D-District 2)
02/09/2017: Introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.
Bill Summary: This Senate Resolution condemns the President's January 27, 2017, executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorists Entry into the United States," as discriminatory overreach that illegally targets immigrants based on their national origin and religion, and requests that the President of the United States immediately rescind the executive order and urge the federal Department of Homeland Security to comply with all federal court orders and immediately permit detained individuals to have timely access to legal counsel.
Background and Analysis:
This resolution reflects the created chaos, confusion, anxiety, and hardship, that arose from valid visa holders, refugees, and Lawful Permanent Residents ("Green Card Holders") being denied entry into the U.S. or otherwise being detained, turned away at airports, or removed from U.S.-bound flights, due to their national origin as the executive order targeted those from Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Somalia. MIRC continues to discourage nationals of those countries from undertaking travel outside the U.S. indefinitely.
Federal courts throughout the nation have already issued emergency stays that stopped federal officials from deporting individuals with approved refugee applications, holders of valid visas, and people from the seven impacted nations who have already secured authorization to enter the United States and the broadest nationwide stay has been initially upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump.
If this resolution is adopted in the legislature, copies of this resolution will be transmitted to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in order to condemn the January 27, 2017 executive order and call for it be to rescinded but would have no other legal effect.