Legislative Bill 505: Anti-Refugee/Anti-Asylee Bill Violates Federal Law
March 2, 2017 — Today our Legal Director Charles Shane Ellison testified on behalf of JFON-NE against Legislative Bill 505. 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.