The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #10
In Washington, DC
Congressmen Serrano, Espaillat, Bonamici, and Beyer Introduce the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act
Yesterday, Congressman Serrano, together with Congressmen Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced new legislation aimed at protecting sensitive locations during immigration enforcement efforts (i.e. ICE enforcement activities).
The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act will prohibit immigration enforcement, including arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance at "sensitive locations" that include areas such as medical or health care facilities, public and private schools, places of worship, courthouses, DMV offices, and locations that provide emergency services.
“In recent weeks, my office has received deeply troubling reports of ICE agents at sensitive and important locations in my district. ICE activities at these vital, essential locations create a disincentive for immigrants, even those who are documented, from doing things like accessing basic benefits, reporting crimes, and ensuring their health and well- being. The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act will clearly define and expand the list of sites that currently qualify as sensitive locations, thus ensuring that they are off-limits to ICE other than in very limited circumstances – in my district and throughout the nation. It will also require a report on any type of immigration enforcement activities that take place at sensitive locations under these exceptions. President Trump has tried to intimidate communities by targeting and deporting immigrants in an indiscriminate manner but this bill will help codify common-sense limits on ICE enforcement activities and protect vulnerable immigrants’ basic rights,” said Rep. Serrano.
Watch video from today’s press conference here.
Congressman Serrano Meets with Wildlife Conservation Society to Discuss Issues Important to Bronx Zoo
This week, Congressman Serrano welcomed Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, John F. Calvelli, to discuss issues that are important to the Bronx Zoo, including vital federal funding for domestic and international conservation programs that bolster the WCS’s work in the Bronx and around the world.
“The Bronx Zoo continues to be a source of great pride for my District and the entire City. It provides the public with excellent opportunities to interact with a wide array of wildlife and to learn about conservation efforts that protect these beautiful creatures and the habitats they call home all around the world. As the Appropriations season gets under way for Fiscal Year 2018, I will continue to do all I can as a senior member of the Committee to fight for every dollar to help continue the great work of the World Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo.”
Congresssman Serrano Meets with AIDSWatch Delegation to Discuss Federal Funding Cuts that would Impact Vital Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Also this week, Congressman Serrano met with an AIDSWatch delegation from The Bronx and Puerto Rico to discuss federal funding for vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS, like programs under the Ryan White CARE Act and House Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA), as well as ending persistent discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. The group shared the experiences they face on a daily basis, and how this funding helps maintain and improve their quality of life.
"My District continues to experience persistent cases of HIV transmission. Ryan White, HOPWA, and countless other federal programs are absolutely essential in providing the type of health and housing services that people living with HIV/AIDS depend on for a better life. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting- as I always have- to maintain funding to continue these services that mean so much to my constituents living with this disease."