LB 505: Anti-Refugee/Anti-Asylee Bill Violates Federal Law
March 2, 2017 – Today, Legal Director Charles Shane Ellison testified against Legislative Bill 505 on behalf of Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebrasaka (Now, Immigrant Legal Center). This anti-refugee and anti-asylee bill declares a state of emergency and would require data compilation from refugee resettlement agencies to be publicly published.
Shane spoke to the legal impracticalities of the bill, which would violate federal laws protecting privileged refugee information from unauthorized disclosures. He described its fundamentally problematic premise that refugees pose a security threat–despite being the most intensely vetted group of American immigrants and extremely unlikely to pose harm.
This article was written under the Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebraska name. On January 12, 2018, the organization changed its name to Immigrant Legal Center.